General Motors’ Orion Assembly plant which will begin producing the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV in as soon as two months from now has been ranked by the U.S. EPA as 8th among green power users.
The assembly plant which is an EPA Green Power Partnership Partner is powered by 54-percent renewable energy and was recently acknowledged for saving $1 million annually using renewable energy.
“EPA applauds Orion Assembly for its innovation in generating green power from an onsite landfill gas energy system and for taking a leadership position on the environment,” said James Critchfield, manager of the Green Power Partnership.
The Orion plant also has a 350-kilowatt solar array sending power to the grid, and GM is about to meet its 2020 goal early by putting to use 125 megawatts of renewable energy by exceeding it this year.
says it wants to promote the by 2020, and it will exceed that goal later this year.
On another EPA- and Bolt-related note, as the media focus on Tesla and its Model 3 and Gigafactory opening this week, GM has not yet announced the over 200-mile range Bolt’s all-important EPA certification numbers.
On Wednesday, GM North America President Alan Batey said the Bolt will indeed ship to dealers fourth quarter, and October has been widely, if unofficially reported as the Bolt’s series production start month.
GM says it will release more info later, but meanwhile it has posted the green plant news for the first EV in this price for performance class.
“Building the Bolt EV in a facility that is 54 percent powered by clean energy further adds to the car’s environmental credentials,” said Alicia Boler-Davis, GM vice president of global manufacturing. “It’s an example of how we live our global sustainable manufacturing commitment while improving our bottom line.”