By Dallas Business Journal

Oncor Electric Delivery plans to buy a set of Chevrolet Volt electric cars for its fleet next year.

The poles-and-wires electricity company is paying $124,000 to get two Volts for a three-year test.

In addition, Oncor will get a huge batch of data on how Volt users drive their cars and how the power company can fine-tune its delivery system to charge up the electric cars, said company spokeswoman Catherine Cuellar.

Compared with current green-mobiles, the volts are quite roomy, Cuellar said. During a test drive, Oncorâ¿¿s 6-foot-5 CEO Bob Shapard managed to fit comfortably in the Volt's back seat.

Oncorâ¿¿s two volts will be charged up overnight at a new charging station at Oncorâ¿¿s downtown Dallas headquarters (which are currently under renovation).

General Motors has said it will begin selling the Volt electric car commercially in 2011 in six regions, including Texas.

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