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