Electric Car is Game-Changer on Road

The Chevy Volt, GM’s much anticipated foray into the electric car market, was officially announced Monday. According to company representatives, the car will get 230 miles per gallon in the city, representing a huge step forward for efforts to curb transportation emissions.
The Volt, which is due out next year, runs on a battery that can be recharged by its 1.4-liter gasoline engine, improving on the standard set by other popular electric and hybrid vehicles. When parked, it can be recharged at a household outlet.
This announcement represents the most concrete evidence to date of what National Wildlife Federation President Larry Schweiger has called a "transformational change … for everyone in this country who uses electricity in any way."

Published: August 13, 2009