Cost to own Chevrolet Volt monitored by new EcoHub app
OnStar and Chevrolet have collaborated on a new smartphone app that connects to the user’s Chevrolet Volt.
Online PR News – 10-October-2012 –Chevrolet and Carl Hogan GM are testing a new smartphone application called EcoHub that is capable of telling Chevrolet Volt owners how much it costs to charge their battery. The app also compares the Volt’s energy use with the total energy consumed in their home by day, month or year.
EcoHub, the result of a project conducted Chevrolet and OnStar, is being tested by residents of the Pecan Street demonstration project, a smart grid living community in Austin, Texas. The app is expected to be available to all 2013 Volt owners in the near future.
The EcoHub app uses an energy data source like a utility or smart meter company to pull overall home energy usage data. It also collects Volt charging information from OnStar subscribers and Volt owners that opt in for EcoHub. The data is then calculated to show Volt owners how much energy is being used on a daily, monthly, or yearly basis to charge the Volt and how much that energy costs.
“For the first time we’re able to put one of our Smart Grid solutions into the hands of actual consumers, thanks in part to our partnership with Pecan Street,” said Paul Pebbles, global manager, Electric Vehicle and Smart Grid Services. “Down the line, we hope this app can be a beneficial tool for all drivers of electric vehicles.”
The app also includes a “Ticker” screen that displays the national value for total miles driven, total EV miles drive, and gallons of fuel saved.
“We’ve found that Volt owners love to keep track of and compare their personal driving stats, like electric miles driven for example,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet Volt marketing director. “The EcoHub app is another great example of using the vehicle’s embedded technology to provide Volt owners with useful information.”
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