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GM Launching Demo EV Fleet Using Opel Meriva

Maker also announces additional $23.5 mil in EV components production.

by on Sep.29, 2010

A prototype Opel Meriva EV1 charges up as part of the new MeRegioMobile battery car project.

General Motors will launch a battery car test program in Germany using a fleet of its small Opel Meriva hatchbacks.

The latest in a series of “electrification” efforts by the Detroit-based maker, it teams GM up with the German government-backed MeRegioMobile program.  The program is designed to not only test the practicality of battery cars – and their acceptance by consumers – but also to see how the energy infrastructure can be adapted to meet the needs of electric mobility.

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In a separate development, GM is announcing plans to invest $23.5 million to expand the production of battery vehicle components at a factory in Baltimore, Maryland.  GM earlier announced it will use the Baltimore Transmission Plant to produce motors for electric vehicles – the first such operation run by a major automaker in the U.S.

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