Charging toward the future

Forget the gas station. Drivers of the EV1 have a 220-volt MagneCharge™ inductive charging system installed in their homes. Charging the EV1 is as simple as inserting the charge paddle in the charge port at the front of the car before turning in for the night. While you are sleeping, the master computer in the car informs the charger how much energy is needed. When charging is complete, the charger display shows that the car is fully charged.

In addition to the home charger, GM has formed partnerships with companies like the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Arizona Public Service, and Tucson Electric Power Company to build an electric car charging infrastructure. So far, more than 1,100 chargers have been installed and are in use by EV1 customers in California and Arizona. Nearly 500 public charging stations are located at shopping malls, restaurants, beaches, airports, Saturn retail facilities, and key workplaces. For the near future, most of them are free.

In a continued effort to provide EV drivers with the best possible service and personal attention, GM and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) have announced SMUD's expanded role as the authorized sales and service representative for California and Arizona of the MagneCharge™ inductive EV charger. With an eight-year record of accomplishment establishing EV charging infrastructure, SMUD's qualifications and experience are unparalleled. SMUD's success installing and servicing an extensive public charging network in the Sacramento area and throughout northern California has prepared it to meet the growing needs of GM and our EV customers. SMUD assumes full responsibility for all GM charger sales, installations and customer service in the states of California and Aarizona. In addition, SMUD will also perform product warranty service.

Should you ever need an extra charge on the road in the lead-acid EV1, there is a portable charger in the trunk, which plugs into an ordinary 110-volt outlet.

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