A Volt of Education

A Volt of Education

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When I think of the word education I certainly don’t equate that to General Motors but that is exactly what GM is trying to do; educate the public. GM is taking a (Green Motors) approach. General Motors states that they understand that as the demand for automobiles grow so does the need for energy. They state that the success of their business depends on the ability to develop advanced technologies and solutions that make their vehicles more sustainable. They are hoping to inspire and promote the interest in science, math, and technology. They have created a website that offers classroom curriculum, hands-on experiments, mentoring programs, and interactive activities to help inspire future engineers, scientist, teachers and more.

General Motors Objective in launching this site is as stated:

-Help students consider the current issues surrounding energy today, including increasing global energy demand and environmental and economic impacts.

-Explore ways to help reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by using diverse and renewable energy resources.

-Explore ways to conserve energy and become more energy efficient.

-Demonstrate the benefits of using renewable energy resources to produce electricity and hydrogen as energy carriers that offer the greatest diversity and lowest environmental   impact.

Not only is General Motors interested in educating the public they are hoping to show the public just where their hard work and education has gotten them. At this years National Science Teacher Association Conference GM brought their Chevrolet Volt chassis. The Chevrolet Volt is GM’s Green Car. The Volt runs off of a 16Kwh lithium-ion battery; which plugs into any household outlet. The Volt can drive up to 40miles without the use of fuel. Once the battery has died the gas-powered electric generator kicks in and can extend your drive up to 300 more miles. This vehicle has zero tail pipe emission and will reduce the need for foreign oil use. The studies that GM conducted estimated that it would cost an increased $1 per day of electrical use. GM has not come out with a cost for the 2011 Volt but did state that the Volt will quality for the maximum federal tax credit for plug-in electric vehicles of $7,500. It’s nice to see that large corporations are starting to take into consideration the needs of their customers and environment.

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  • i'm more than a little skeptical of GM. they wouldn't have gotten into this rotten position if something weren't terribly wrong with the way they do business.

    i like that they're going greener, but i don't yet trust the brand (or the quality of product, for that matter).