July 25, 2011

The Sounds of a Quiet Ride in a Chevy Volt

It was so much fun to take a ride in a Chevy Volt with Watson Collins of Northeast Utilities.

Electric Motor Quiet, Gas Generator Not As
A Chevy Volt has a gas generator (left) that creates electricity to run the electric motor (right) when car's rechargeable battery is depleted.  

Firing Up
Northeast Utilities - Western Massachusetts Electric Company has begun installing plug-in electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in order to study how the recharging affects the company's distribution of electricity.

Traveler and Auto Can Recharge Overnight
Officials from the utility company had a Chevy Volt dual gas - electric car on hand to demonstrate how the charging system works at a charging station at the Courtyard Marriott in Hadley, Massachusetts.  The hotel sees the charging station as a way of providing "cutting edge" services to its guests.

Inserting this plug into an Electric Vehicle connects the vehicle to a charging station.

Responding to the green marketing claims of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf manufacturers, a friend's elementary school daughter pointed out that generating the electricity to charge the vehicles still creates pollution. Her solution went something like this: Perhaps the old mills along rivers could generate electricity for the cars.

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