Chevy Volt Makes Waves At D.C. Auto Show | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Chevy Volt Makes Waves At D.C. Auto Show

Play associated audio

By Kate Sheehy

This year's Washington Auto Show is previewing how the future of electric cars could reduce gas dependency in the D.C. area.

The Chevy Volt is one car everyone is talking about. Britta Gross, director of global energy systems and infrastructure for Chevrolet, says it's a zero emission car that will take you 40 miles on a battery and then switches seamlessly to a gas generator in the car that will get you another 300 miles.

Gross says it will have a major impact on the economy. "It means that we're taking a big bit out of gasoline dependency if we can get most people in the country over into these electric drive vehicles with extended range like the Chevy Volt," she says.

Gross says the car should hit D.C. auto dealerships by the fall but like any new technology, it will be expensive at first and become more affordable with time.

The Washington Auto Show opens to the public tomorrow and runs through the weekend.

NPR

Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers

Why do so many animated movies star motherless kids? Sarah Boxer, a graphic novelist, cartoon-lover and mother, talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the phenomenon and the message it sends to children.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

What Will Become Of Obama's Request For Immigration Relief Funds?

NPR's Arun Rath talks to political correspondent Mara Liasson about the chances of a political agreement over how to handle the migration of thousands of Central American children.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.