Electric vehicles visit Raleigh

Posted July 18, 2011

— The nation’s premier conference for the electric vehicle industry is being held at the Raleigh Convention Center this week.

Plug-In 2011 brings automakers, engineers and scientists together to talk about the future of transportation. Among the cars on display through Thursday is the 2011 Chevy Volt, a vehicle powered by gas and electricity. 

The Volt's battery is designed to operate the vehicle an EPA-estimated 35 miles and cost about $1.50 a day in electricity. The battery takes about 10 hours to fully charge, depending on climate, with a standard 120-volt line, or four hours using a dedicated 240-volt line.

When the battery runs low, the gas engine switches on. The car’s wheels also generate some battery power to ease gas consumption.

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“We’ve driven this car 1,000 miles and burned about seven gallons of gas,” Progress Energy’s Scotty Sutton said Monday.

The suggested retail price of the Volt is $41,000, and it is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit available for plug-in electric vehicles. 

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On Monday during the Plug-In conference, AAA unveiled its first roadside assistance truck with the capabilitly to charge electric vehicles. AAA said it will initially deploy trucks with mobile electric vehicle charging capability in Portland Ore., Seattle, Wash., the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles, Calif., Knoxville, Tenn., and Tampa Bay, Fla. The rollout will begin later this summer and continue into the fall.


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  • fayncmike Jul 19, 2011

    "The Obama Mobile. Liberal Dems rejoice! Another taxpayer ripoff.

    I understand that there is a certain class of people that take great delight in blaming President Obama for everything they don't like including the occasional rainy day but the fact is that electric cars have been under consideration for as long as cars have existed. The current, and laudable, push for electric cars began in 1990 when the congress and California passed clean air acts. I'm not going to tell you who was president but a hint is he was a lot better as beer than as a president:)

  • eoglane Jul 18, 2011

    With my current salary, I guess I will have to walk, I cannot spent 41 thousand on a card
    Back to old pat and charley. That is the way the Government Democrat and Republicians want it to be. Both parties are hiprocrites and crooks. Be honest

  • casoucie Jul 18, 2011

    Where I work at we have many electric engines from 5 HP to 500 HP, and they last an average of 3 years, however I have a 1988 chevy 1500 with 521000 miles and a 1990 jeep with 245000 miles both have never had any failure, my 2010 HHR has 32000 already. The best batteries you can get for any electronic transportation only last 5 to 8 years and cost $1000 plus to replace. I will stick with my gas engines at least i can afford
    to repair my gas engines.

  • Suasponte Jul 18, 2011

    and to add to Deathrow's comment, it seems I've heard somewhere the US might be a wee bit short of cash. Spending $7500 of OUR tax dollars per pop on this little experiment for a select few might not be the best idea. It would probably pay for a few more kids in the More at 4 program. Just saying.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 18, 2011

    "What a bunch of negative sourpusses"

    I like to be called a realist. Sure, building and selling a few of these cars will help us learn what does and does not work. But a few things I read in the article already tell me its not for the general public's use. But after a few are sold and used, they will realize just how far they have to go to actually start selling a ton of these. Right now, they're only for the few that have the money to waste and like to try out new technology. It would NOT work for my family's driving habits. If they get one that can drive about 750 miles on alternative fuel, without needing a LONG stop during that mileage, I would seriously consider it. But they don't have it.

  • ncmickey Jul 18, 2011

    What a bunch of negative sourpusses

  • RomneyRyan2012 Jul 18, 2011

    GoGreen, that is exactly what I plan to do. It's a GM, got about 160K, some bumps and bruises but it still goes just fine. I've never done the 25-50-75K checks (way too expensive) but have done oil changes regularly and took care of it. As long as it keeps running I'll keep driving it.

  • Suasponte Jul 18, 2011

    Makes sense to me. Switching from gas to electricity produced by coal and oil burning plants with a little nuclear waste thrown in on the side.

  • GoGreen Jul 18, 2011

    "I'll stick with my 10 yr. old car that still gets nearly 30 mpg's thank you very much."

    So this is actually the best plan. Drive your car into the ground. With good maintenance it should last quite a while. The amount of energy required to build a new car, any car, is quite large. Using what you already have, if it is somewhat energy efficient, is prolly the best course of action for the next 20-30 years. Well if the car lasts that long.

  • working for deadbeats Jul 18, 2011

    These vehicles are a complete waste of money. If more people by these than that means more gas for me and maybe the price will be lower as a result. So go blow your money on this junk!