When the Chevrolet Volt goes on sale later this year as a 2011 model, about 4,400 owners will be eligible for free 240-volt charging stations. The stations will be funded by federal stimulus money through a program administered by the U.S. Department of Energy.
240-volt charging stations recharge the car in about 4 hours. Standard household 120-volt outlets take about twice as long to recharge the Volt.
The Chevrolet Volt can travel 40 miles on electrical power alone. When the electricity runs out, an onboard generator powered by gasoline recharges the batteries and keeps the car running for, as GM says, "hundreds of miles."