Nachman Norwood & Parrott Partner Brings First Chevy Volt to South Carolina, Installs Solar Power

Gary Davis, a partner at Nachman Norwood & Parrott (NNP), will drive his brand new Chevy Volt through the streets of downtown Greenville. His electric car, which won’t be available for purchase in South Carolina for at least a year, will be the first Chevy Volt in the state of South Carolina. But this electric car won’t be powered by just any electricity; it will be powered by electricity generated from the new solar energy NNP had installed on the roof of their downtown office.

The Chevy Volt went on sale in November 2010 in just seven retail markets: Texas, New York, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Michigan and Washington, D.C. Davis purchased his Volt from a dealer outside of Washington, D.C.; his was the last of the four Volts the dealership was to receive. Davis purchased the electric car in late September, 2010, but had to wait nearly four months for the car’s delivery.

The Chevy Volt has a lithium-ion battery pack and an on-board gas generator that powers the car for up to 375 miles on a single charge. The battery can be charged through a standard 120V household outlet, but Davis and NNP have taken the environmental efforts one step further. They had a solar panel installed on the roof of NNP’s office building to generate the electricity needed to power Davis’ vehicle, and to supplement the power used by the office, thus reducing NNP’s and Davis’ carbon footprint.

‘I have always been concerned about the environment and have wanted an electric car since GM’s first attempt with the EV-1 more than 20 years ago,’ Davis said. ‘I’ve read some of the criticisms of electric cars regarding the pollution made by electricity generation, which inspired me to push for a solar car charger at work. Nachman Norwood & Parrott is a forward-thinking group that strives to do the right thing for both the environment and clients. We will be offsetting our power use from the grid with this system, and plan to expand its capacity in the near future.’

To make his dream a reality, Davis needed to call on the services of several Upstate businesses. As with all cars, the Chevy Volt will require regular service and maintenance. A local Chevy dealership elected to send several technicians to General Motors headquarters to be trained to service the Chevy Volt.

Installing the solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) power station came from the combined efforts of a local solar-panel company and a local EV charging station company. While they have installed EV power stations and solar arrays throughout the Southeast, the NNP solar-powered EV power station was the first in the state.

Davis will unplug his vehicle and take it for its first spin through downtown Greenville on Wednesday, January 19th at 10:00 am from NNP at 1116 S. Main Street.

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