Electric Cars In Albany

by Sandra Foyt on March 9, 2012

in Road Trips

Yesterday’s concept cars are here now – sporting bold, new colors and fantastical fuel economy. Electric car technology and automotive fashion have come a long way; and both are now on display at the Albany Auto Show.

Albany Auto Show

A Bold New World of Colors

Electrolyte Green – Hyundai Veloster

Electrolyte Green - Hyundai Veloster

Blue Candy – Ford Focus

Blue Candy - Ford Focus

Amazing Fuel Economy

Blue Ocean – Nissan Leaf – 100% electric, 100 miles/charge range

Blue Ocean - Nissan Leaf

Blue Topaz Metallic – Chevrolet Volt – Runs on electric or gas, 94 MPGe (EV) – Total range of 379 miles on a full battery charge and tank of gas. Impressive!

Blue Topaz Metallic - Chevrolet Volt

Peek Inside the Chevrolet Volt

I had a chance to test drive the Chevrolet Volt, just a short spin around the block, but long enough to realize that electric cars are now a viable option – not just as a commuter car – but as an all-purpose vehicle.

Chevrolet Volt Battery Power Screen

The drawback for most electric cars is that when you run out of juice, that’s it. You’re stuck. But with the Chevrolet Volt, you can monitor the battery level on the front console, switching to gas as needed.

And the Chevrolet Volt has plenty of other details that I could appreciate. Lots of cargo space.

Chevrolet Volt  Cargo

Comfy, heated seats offering one of the best lumbar supports anywhere. Lots of hidden storage nooks.

Chevrolet Volt  Front Seats

Rear bucket seats with 2 (of Multiple) Beverage Holders.

Chevrolet Volt  Rear Seats

What’s under the hood? The real star of this show is the 1.4L gasoline-powered engine. Maybe it’s a woman-thing, but my first thought was, wow, it’s so clean under the hood.

Chevrolet Volt  Engine

Go See It!

Albany Auto Show
Times Union Center
51 South Pearl Street  Albany, NY 12207
(518) 487-2000
March 9th – 11th, 2012
Fri. 12 Noon – 8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $7.50 Adults (Children 12 & under FREE when accompanied by an adult)
Website: Albany Auto Show at the Times Union Center
 

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| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

a-random-dude May 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Wow, that Topaz Blue Volt is gorgeous!! I just put in an order to lease one of these, but had not previously seen a picture of a real one. Thanks for posting it!

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