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Posted: Friday, October 3, 2008 9:54 am | Updated: 8:44 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The last couple of years have been a tidal wave of change in how we think about oil, our environment, and cost of transportation. Things we never used to think about and just take for granted have suddenly become controversial.

 The last couple of years have been a tidal wave of change in how we think about oil, our environment, and cost of transportation. Things we never used to think about and just take for granted have suddenly become controversial. America knows it has to find alternative fuels to oil in order to remain competitive in the car industry and Chevy is about to take a big leap in that direction. In the next year Chevy is going to introduce the Chevy Volt.

This new compact coupe looks like your typical car on the outside. It has no unusual wing-like doors, no big tail fins. Instead, the 2011 Chevy Volt is a handsome, tight looking small car built for everyday transportation using gas as a backup rather than the main means of powering the engine. Chevy calls the car an “Extended Range Electric Vehicle” or an “ERev”.

The Volt is unlike other hybrids. Most hybrid vehicles available today use a gasoline powered engine with an electric motor to boost their gas mileage. The Chevy Volt is an electric engine with a small gas-powered engine as a backup. GM engineers claim the Chevy Volt will be different from other hybrids. The Chevy Volt will be able to go 100 mph for up to 40 miles on a single charge. The gasoline engine is just a backup to recharge the battery while you are driving. To recharge your Volt at home you simply plug in the engine chord into any electrical outlet in your garage. When you are driving your car the engine will use the electric motor only until it senses the electric charge is running less than 30%. At that time the gas engine kicks in until the battery is recharged. This is a big gas savings as well as greatly reducing ordinary auto emissions.

What this means for ordinary every day commuters is that most folks will rarely use their gas engine component. The 40 mile range of the electric engine will hold the driver to and from work, to and from the grocery store, or to and from the short trip to the mall. At home the car will be plugged in and recharging itself without the gas engine ever kicking in. Experts say that if the Volt were forced to stick to EPA standards, the car would be rated 48 mpg.

Brown and Brown Chevrolet, 145 E. Main St. in Mesa, has been a familyowned hallmark of the East Valley for decades. As a leader in Chevy sales Brown and Brown Chevrolet has access to one of Arizona’s largest truck, van, SUV, and car inventory around. Brown and Brown Chevy is committed to giving you a friendly and knowledgable staff familiar with a full line of Chevy vehicles. The sales professionals at Brown and Brown are committed to delivering the very best in customer service.

Why Chevy? It’s not just the upcoming Chevy Volt, a leader in hybrid technology, that has America talking, it’s also several other Chevy cars that are meeting America’s desire for greater gas mileage. Check out these high gas mileage Chevy’s you can test drive today: the Cobalt XFE Coupe, a sporty vehicle with an EPA of 37 mpg hwy. The ’09 Cobalt XFE Sedan, offers commuters a compact car also delivering 37 mpg hwy. The ’09 Chevy Malibu Hybrid offers drivers 34 mpg hwy. Others on the high mileage list are the ’09 Aveo5 at 34 mpg hwy, the ’09 Aveo Sedan also with 34 mpg hwy, and the ’09 Malibu with 33 mpg hwy. If you need a pickup truck the 2009 Chevy Colorado 2WD offers a competitive 24 mpg hwy driving. We all have different driving needs whether we use our vehicles for commuting to work or our own small business. Chevrolet is taking the lead as an American car maker to reduce our dependency on foreign oil and to clean up our environment.

Call Brown and Brown Chevy and trade in your gas guzzler for a more gas efficient, environmentally friendly vehicle today. You can also visit their website for further information at Call (866) 422-2913 for more information or to schedule your test drive today!

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