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Australian motorists will get the chance to purchase Holden's newest energy-efficient vehicle, the Volt, once it is released later this year.

A charging station for electric cars was unveiled in Melbourne yesterday (May 16) outside Holden's Port Melbourne headquarters - it runs on certified green energy and the federal minister of energy efficiency, Greg Combet, said this took the industry one step closer to a low-carbon future.

The Volt is based on an energy saving system that utilises electricity generated by petrol, which means that efficiency is optimised - essentially the purchase price can be offset by a reduction in running expenses.

For households this can mean that even though gas prices and other household costs may impact on your budget, the amount you spend on fuel is more manageable.

Mr Combet emphasised the role that energy efficiency can play in the reduction of the country's carbon footprint.

"Transport accounts for 15 per cent of Australia's annual greenhouse gas emissions. That means more fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicles will play an important role in moving to a low-pollution future," he explained.

Posted by Callum Fleming