Bullfrog Power Inc. and General Motors Canada (NYSE:GM) have paired up to release a new edition of the Chevy Volt with an added bonus of having it powered solely by renewable energy.
No, we're not talking about a new biomass made from discarded amphibians. Bullfrog Power is Canada's only 100% clean energy provider, and the idea is, when you purchase a new Chevy Volt you can pay an additional $198 to have Chevy integrate EcoLogo certified energy into the grid to power your vehicle for two years.
Choosing this option also provides the new owner with a badge for the car that announces (reads: shows off) energy for the car is not sourced from coal or oil-fired power plants. In Canada, Bullfrog Power's electricity comes solely from wind and hydro facilities, and thousands of households and business have signed up to pay a little extra for green energy.
Can Bullfrog and Chevy guarantee the renewable energy you've bought will go directly into your car? Of course not. It all gets added to the mix, so perhaps it's best to think more along the line of "doing some good" rather than "I am now free from scrutiny."
Says Tom Heintzman, President of Bullfrog Power. "The world needs green trailblazers, and we applaud Chevrolet Canada for giving drivers a new transportation solution that is safe, reliable and now even more environmental.”
A bit of a stretch, considering electric vehicles have technically been around for a very long time. Still, it's nice to see a green incentive that's aimed at bringing renewable energy into the grid.
By the end of December 2011, roughly 275 Volts had been purchased, primarily in urban areas. As the car becomes more readily available, the numbers are expected to rise.
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