The BP oil spill should have been a wake-up call for Americans hooked on gas-drinking vehicles. Going green is now more possible than ever with new battery technology.The Chevy Volt promises to be faster, sleeker and more family-friendly. The big question is will people pay $41,000 or more for a Chevy? GM is banking on it, and they’ve pulled out all the stops in their design.
According to a test drive report, “When you drive the Chevy Volt, there’s a moment when everything changes.You can actually hear when it switches into extended-range mode. That range is the car’s competitive advantage. Many people worry an electric car will run out of juice and strand them. They also wonder about the strength of a battery-powered engine. Just to see, I slammed the accelerator to the floor, and the car took off, reaching nearly 50 miles an hour with surprising speed.”
Will that be enough to sell the 10,000 Volts GM plans to build in the first 2011 model year? According to GM, the Volt has gone viral on their website. So much so, they already have plans to pump out 45,000 in 2012.
According to one road test, the Volt got 101.19 miles per gallon. At $3.00 a gallon, not only will it let you laugh past gas stations, it will pay off that $41,000 price tag a lot faster.
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