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If anyone is really, absolutely, 100-percent serious about buying a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, it would probably be a good idea to order one sooner rather than later. The first 4,400 Volt buyers will be eligible for a free charging station (normal value: around $2,000).

Being a plug-in hybrid, the Volt's batteries can be replenished by simply using a regular 120-volt wall outlet, but this charging station ramps up the voltage to 240, resulting in a much quicker recharge.

Note the word "eligible" from the first paragraph. To qualify, Volt buyers must first live in a designated area where the scheme will operate (more on this in a moment) and also be willing to share their charging information. This data will be processed by the Department of Energy to determine how and when the cars and chargers are being used, which can then provide a bigger and clearer picture of future demand when more electric vehicles are on the road.

And there will be more. For example, Ford has stated that it expects a quarter of its global output to consist of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles in 10 years' time. That's just one major manufacturer.

If 4,400 seems like an arbitrary number, it's because this is just the Volt's slice of a larger pie served up by the Obama administration. The grand total is 15,000 home and public chargers paid for with a federal grant and supplied via two companies. One, Ecotality, will service the metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tuscon, Seattle, San Diego, plus some of Oregon and Tennessee. The other, Coulomb Technologies, will see to Austin, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond (Washington) and Washington D.C.

Other vehicles to benefit from this scheme are the Nissan Leaf, with 4,700 chargers being made available and the all-electric Ford Transit Connect BEV van, with 5,000. The Chevrolet Volt goes on sale in November 2010. It has a range of up to 40 miles on battery power alone, but also has a gasoline-powered engine that turns not the wheels but an on-board generator to keep the electric motor whirring. This adds another 310 miles to the range. Using it on an average daily commute and recharging the batteries at night could mean only occasional visits to a gas station.

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