I Have a Special Request for GM
To promote the launch of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, 6 Volts are about to embark on a cross-country tour. Over 3,400 miles and stops in 12 major cities are planned (see the schedule below), with special events where people will be able to do test-drives and talk to GM engineers. It all sounds good, but there's something I'd like to request from GM and that I think would make this whole thing a lot more interested: Once all this is all over, I'd like GM to release details on how many gallons of gasoline and how many kWh of electricity were used during this roadtrip.
Photo: Michael Graham Richard
Of course, this wouldn't exactly be normal driving conditions, but it would provide a good mix of highway driving and city driving, and would probably be the first chance we'd have to get this data for thousands of miles of driving, at least until the Volt goes on sale. So what do you say, GM?
- Oct. 9 and 10 - Seattle
- Oct. 13 and 14 - San Francisco
- Oct. 16 - 18 - Los Angeles
- Oct. 20 - San Diego
- Oct. 22 and 23 - San Antonio
- Oct. 24 and 25 - Houston
- Oct. 28 and 29 - Miami
- Oct. 30 - Orlando
- Oct. 29 and 30 - Washington, D.C.
- Nov. 1 - Raleigh, N.C.
- Nov. 5 - 7 - New York City
- Nov. 18 - 20 - Chicago
"Along the drive, Chevrolet representatives will reach out to local community leaders, schools and consumers to educate each group about the one-of-a-kind characteristics of the Volt and discuss the progress of the nation's electrical infrastructure. There will also be many opportunities to sit in and/or drive one of six Volts that will be on tour."
The Volt's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is $41,000 ($33,500 net of the full federal tax credit, which ranges from $0-$7,500) including a destination freight charge of $720.
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