My borrowed Chevy Volt runs great on gas.
Bruce Volt log, Day 4. Sunday, 1 pm: I know what you’re thinking: Either ..
A) How un-cool and un-green! In an ideal world, you’re supposed to run this gas-electric hybrid car on pure electricity. Or ..
B) How reassuring! In the real world, when your driving needs might exceed the limited range of your battery charge, you’ll have a gas tank security blanket.
Don’t ask for my fuel economy numbers. I can’t find them. This car flashes a maddening array of numbers at me. They’re spread over two video displays that explain everything I want to know except exactly where I find the USB jack to plug in my iPod (Volt owners: If you know, please share!) – and a great many things I don’t want to know.
Chevy calls this an “infotainment center.”
(Meanwhile see today's story "Electric cars coming; Raleigh gets preview," with comments from plenty of plug-in cynics.) ... [MORE]