2011 Chicago Auto Show Stun Visitors with Display of Battery-Powered Cars  




2011 North American Car of the Year WINNER:  Chevrolet Volt 



Image of Chevrolet VoltVisitors at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show were dazzled as they got a close-up view of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. This gas saving sedan will run between 25 and 50 miles in battery-only mode, before, switching over to a small gas engine (or generator) to produce enough electricity to keep the car going an additional 300 miles. For those who only drive short distances on a daily bases can reap huge savings on fuel cost. 


Recharging of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt takes approximately 10 hours while plugged into an ordinary 120 volt outlet.  However, there is another option. For approximately $1,500 in extra costs for a 240 volt outlet installed in your garage, recharging takes about 4 hours. 


Visitors at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show were given a chance to drive this extremely quiet automobile at the Chevrolet Volt Test Track.




2011 North American Car of the Year Runner-up: Nissan Leaf 


Image of the Nissan LeafThis year’s North American car of the Year Runner up is the Nissan Leaf.  This sedan is a bit different from the Chevrolet Volt.  The Nissan Leaf is a pure electric automobile that is only equipped with lithium ion batteries. 


The Nissan Leaf has a range of 100 miles before needing a 20 hour recharge on a 120 volt electric source.  Or, an additional cost of approx: $2000 for an 8hr, 240 volt recharging capability.   







Toyota’s Worry-Free Hybrid  


Still in the testing phase, Toyota’s Prius (Due out sometime in 2012)  should be able to go close to 13 miles in Battery Mode at a speed near 62 mph before a three hour charge on a 120 volt outlet source and only 90 minutes on a 240 outlet source.  But, the Prius’ hybrid motor; which, is a combination battery/gas, allow its owner to keep driving as an ordinary Prius.   


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