OnStar developing new app to tell you how much charging the Chevy Volt actually costs

GM’s OnStar is testing a new smartphone app that is capable of telling Chevrolet Volt owners how much they are actually spending on charging their plug-in hybrid. The app also allows users to compare the Volt’s energy use with the total energy consumed in their home by day, month or year.

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Known as EcoHub, the app is being tested with the residents of the Pecan Street demonstration project, a smart grid living community in Austin.

“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.”

OnStar said it hopes to make the app available for all Volt owners in the near future.

– By: Omar Rana