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The Chevy Volt -- unplugged

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A Chevy Volt parked outside The Washington Post for an "Energy Is Urgent" conference earlier this fall. (Michael D. Bolden / The Post)

A chance for a test drive

The Chevy Volt, which has become an automotive rock star in the world of green vehicles, is on a 12-city U.S. tour this fall, giving Americans a chance to take a close-up look at the car, which has an electric-only driving range of 25 to 50 miles. The Volt rolls into Washington this weekend, with a couple of different opportunities for public test drives.

The first is on Friday, at the site of the former Washington Convention Center, at 11th and H streets NW, in City Center parking lot A. The event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reserve a drive time, e-mail voltunpluggeddc@gmail.com. The Volt will also be available for test drives from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the same location.

Friday night the Volt will be on display at Redwood Restaurant & Bar, 7121 Bethesda Lane, in Bethesda from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be free food, and you can RSVP to receive a ticket for a complimentary drink. More information is available on the Tweet-Up invitation.

Washington is one of seven markets where the Volt is expected to go on sale later this year.

By Michael Bolden  | October 25, 2010; 9:05 AM ET
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Comments

the volt is pathetic.

i shouldn't have had to pay to bail-out gm.

i shouldn't pay for your tax credit to buy the car.

i shouldn't pay when you overload the electric grid and drive up utility costs.

i shouldn't pay for your battery recycle costs.

but i'll get stuck with all those costs so the smug volt driver can slow traffic while being convinced he's saving the world.

LET THE MARKET DECIDE!

Posted by: steveb777 | October 25, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

...but apparently it's more than okay for thousands of American families to lose their loved ones overseas so that you can buy more foreign oil through the largest transfer of wealth from one people to another in the history of the world.

Get a grip, Steve.

Chevy - we'll see you on Friday. Thank you for aligning your business activities with the interests of our nation.

Posted by: roob7370-proctor | October 25, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

get your own grip, boob73.

i don't support military interventionism.

as far as the wealth transfer, free markets will find the most efficient energy sources. much of the $$$ we're sending away for foreign oil is because the government has PREVENTED development here (oil, nuke, coal, hydro, wind etc.)

washington screws up just about everything they touch. their touch of failure is all over the chevy re-VOLT-ing! if it was any good it wouldn't need subsidies.

Posted by: steveb777 | October 25, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Steveb, let me make sure you fully understand something:
Public and federal support for the Chevy Volt *IS* not prevention of home-grown energy sources, but is instead encouragement of the same.
From looking at your posting history here on the post.com, I suspect you're too stubborn and hot-winded to have any hope of getting the above to sink into that skull.
To that end - my Volt when in electric mode (which will be 90% of my driving) will be powered by 100%, pure AMERICAN-MADE wind power generated in West Virginia and Northern Pennsylvania by Washington Gas Electric Services employing my fellow AMERICANS with jobs, *not* in some fundamentalist country by [insert corporate oil company here]. In other words, because my home is wind powered (for which I personally pay an extra penny per kilowatt) every mile my Volt drives encourages the buildout of the additional energy sources, and goes towards employing my fellow countrymen.
If that doesn't get you, please go to this link to understand exactly what you're perpetuating when you rev up your beater every morning to go to work.
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen/iraq/
Simply put, we *MUST* minimize the importance of the middle-east in our geo-political decisions. The technology that goes into the Volt stands to be a substantial contributor to that effort. The US spent 10x more in ONE DAY every day (720 million/day) in Iraq than the subsidies that the Volt will get in *ONE YEAR* (80 million/year). Go ahead and support throwing good money after bad with your so-called free market theory, but I'm betting on my country with a deeper understanding of the the big picture. If you can't afford a Volt, are not ready to dive into a new vehicle right now, don't yet trust the technology, then that's your perogative, but don't let your ignorance of the big picture fool you into thinking this technology is some government boondogle and belittle those that see it's genius.
Capeeche? I doubt it.
PS
Is your home powered with American wind? Do you put your money where your big mouth is Stevie? Google "WGES wind power" to have a chance of getting your actions to match your words.

Posted by: braveheart505050 | October 28, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

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