There was no rumble of a gas-guzzling engine when Santa Barbara's Das Williams cruised silently out of Graham Chevrolet yesterday behind the wheel of a shiny new Volt.
The Volt gets 93 miles to the gallon when in electric mode, and 37 when using only gasoline. It can run purely on electricity for 25 to 50 miles depending on traffic.
It is one of about a dozen electric vehicles expected to be on the market by 2012. As gas prices rise, eclectic vehicles are also on the upswing. The Volt costs about $40,000.
Williams is the first local elected official to drive an electric vehicle, and members of the press where invited to snap photos of the politician smiling coolly behind his fresh, environmentally friendly ride.But despite the attention, Williams said the event went beyond mere publicity stunt.
“It’s just an opportunity to highlight and encourage alternative technologies,” Williams said. “I don’t have any illusions that me buying it will save the world any more than anybody else buying it.” - The Daily Sound
Thursday, September 15, 2011
a new Chevy Volt!