If you couldn't make it to Rice University’s Student Center to check out the Chevrolet Volt in its Houston appearance, CultureMap is here to provide a video version of the test drive. Editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh gave you his impressions of the buzzed-over car Monday in the first local test drive report.
Now, it's your turn to take a video Volt ride along. Join me as I hit the streets (or at least the leafy avenues of Rice's campus).
The electric car, expected to reach dealer lots later this year, is scheduled for mass production in November.
Craig Eppling, regional communications manager for General Motors, says the Volt has a starting price of $41,000 (some tax incentives may apply to lower the cost by several thousand dollars). The car predominately runs on electricity, but also has a gas engine the driver can switch to for extended trips.
“People ask questions about how long the battery will last, and we’re warranting the battery for eight years,” Reiff said. “The battery system is unique, in that it’s made of lithium-ion batteries, so it’s almost like you have 220 laptop batteries charging the car.”
Patricia H. Reiff, a professor at Rice University, already owns three hybrid cars. Reiff, a Toyota Prius regular, came to check out the Volt. Reiff says she's giving one of her hybrids to her daughter, to make room for a Volt in her garage.
“They’re both very quiet when they’re in electric vehicle mode, but the difference really is how far you can go,” Reiff said. “This has the plug-in option so you can really be off the grid for days at a time. I really like that option — especially in Houston where we have an ozone problem.”
Go for a spin in the new Chevy Volt: