Two hundred and thirty miles to the gallon

By Courtney Lane - bio | email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Two hundred and thirty miles to the gallon, that's the claim of a new car that could soon become a reality at east Texas dealerships.

The Chevy Volt is an electric car expected to hit showrooms next year.

"It's going to be huge," said Dean Cagle with Peltier Chevrolet. "I mean when you think most cars get between 15 and 25 miles to the gallon... I'm so proud of General Motors and specifically Chevrolet is leading the charge."

The Volt is electrically-powered from two sources, batteries and a gasoline engine. Cagle says it'll go about 40 miles on a single charge. After that, the gas engine kicks in.

"The gasoline is actually just a generator which recharges the batteries, which gives it a longer range," said Cagle.

Any impact to the oil and gas industry could still be far down the road, but engineering professor James Nelson says we it's a positive sign we're realigning our resources.

"If we can begin to move things away from fossil fuels in general, away from oil and gas particular right now, because those seem to be the most volatile commodities, it's going to enable those to be used for other things we can't necessarily switch things away from."

Cagle says the Volt's $40,000 dollar price tag may seem steep, but will pay off.

"You're not spending a whole lot of money on gasoline or anything else if you can plug it in and charge it and then when it's driving, it's actually charging as well to make your range even farther," said Cagle.

Promising news, as we continue to head further down the road of revolution. Dr. Nelson says as gas prices continue to climb, an electric car like this will eventually pay for itself. Dealers also say a $7500 dollar tax credit is available.

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