by David Cohen

The first electric car that runs on more than electricity

Buying a new car is always a big decision, especially when making the switch to electric. You may have even owned an electric car before, but you've never owned one that can also run on gas. 

General Motors has giving us the Chevy Volt 2012, the perfect car that bridge between hybrid to a full performance electric vehicle with extended range. 

The energy is stored on board in a 16–kWh, T–shaped lithium-ion battery. The battery powers the electric drive unit, which is capable of meeting full vehicle speed and acceleration performance while driving the car electrically for an initial range without using a drop of gas. And when Volt's electric range has been used up, a gas engine works with the electric motors to keep you going. So whether you want to go crosstown or cross-country, you're free to drive wherever youwant, efficiently. And even though Volt plugs into any standard 120 V household outlet, if you don't have a chance to charge it, all you have to do is fill it up just like you do with your car now.

If you wonder what it is like driving the Volt, there will be only three words to describe it––A terrific experience.  The Volt is quiet, smooth and fast at start up, unlike gas engine cars which need time to build up the power. And that's not all, the Chevy Volt can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only nine-seconds.

With a tax credit of $10,000 (on federal and state) and many corporate incentives, this green car priced at $39,995 is not cheep, but in the long run for the money you will be saving on gasoline and the tax credit the Volt is a good buy.  

As one of  the most talked about car, no wonder why the Chevy Volt won the title of the 2011 North American Car of the Year.