Testing the Chevy Volt

June 1, 2011 Updated Jun 1, 2011 at 8:29 AM EDT

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June 1, 2011 Updated Jun 1, 2011 at 8:29 AM EDT

KENMORE,NY (Business First / WKBW ) By: Elizabeth Carey

I'm plugging in to the future of the auto industry this week as I test out a new Chevrolet Volt. The Chevy Volt is a hybrid, electric car on loan from Paddock Chevrolet. I was excited to try it out, but my initial concern was that the battery would die and leave me stranded on the road.

Duane Paddock quickly explained how that would never happen. "You will not be stranded. That's the beautiful thing about the Chevy Volt," he said. "With that backup generator, you always have the comfort. An information center tells you how many miles are left on the initial charge and how many miles are available on the extended range charge."

The driver plugs the car in at home. It takes about eight hours for a full charge, which is good for about 40 miles. The Volt has a seven gallon gas tank and that backup generator which is good for several hundred miles. An easy to read screen tells you how many miles you can go before needing a charge or more gasoline.

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