Thursday, June 17, 2010
Hybrids Galore! Who Knew?
"There's a Volt in my future!" shouted my friend John S. Martinson from his facebook wall. Not once but repeatedly he staccato'd my wall with this message, reminding me of nothing so much as Paul Revere (without horse, of course) scooting excitedly through the narrow lanes of Boston and on to Lexington with his important message.
With that much clamor, what's a girl to do but prepare for arrival? I googled "Volt" to find out what preparations might be needed. It turns out, he's referring to the new Chevy Volt, due to come out at the end of 2010, an electric car with a novel feature. The Volt "uses gas to create its own electricity. Plug it in, let it charge overnight, and it's ready to run on a pure electric charge for up to 40 miles — gas and emissions free. After that, Volt keeps going, even if you can't plug it in. Volt uses a range-extending gas generator that produces enough energy to power it for hundreds of miles on a single tank of gas," to quote their website.
Personally, I've been holding out for the new green Acura TSX Hybrid that's also supposed to come to market for 2011. But I just cruised on over to the Acura site, and could find absolutely no mention of a hybrid. Even their "Future Vehicles" tab made no mention. So I googled it. Last article I saw was last March. Guess an Acura TSX Hybrid is not in my immediate future.