General Motors is developing a feature for its OnStar navigation service that will allow Chevrolet Volt owners to better match recharging patterns for the extended-range plug-in vehicles with the availability of renewable energy.GM is working with utility company PJM Interconnection on the feature, in which OnStar users will know what percentage of a grid’s power supply is coming from renewable sources such as wind. OnStar will be able to regulate the recharging activity for Volts according to peak wind time, which according to PJM is generally between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.GM is running demonstrations of the feature this week at the 2012 DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio. GM will also work with Google at testing the OnStar feature on 17 Chevy Volts at Google’s campus in Mountain View, CA. OnStar, which is available on 45 GM models, is used by 6 million subscribers in North America and China.
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