Burgh Eye View: Greenfield

2 Jan

Thank you Giant Eagle, my favorite place to grocery shop, for providing me with my first glimpse at the electric car charging station.  Just the other day she♥ and I had been discussing the benefits/drawbacks of electricity-powered cars.  Some electric cars tend not to do well on long-distance trips, so we wondered if charging stations would begin to appear along highways.

With a little research I found that the Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid vehicle, can be driven cross-country and performs well.  It has a 1.7L engine, so it only requires a 9.3 gallon gas tank.  The savings are incomparable – it costs only 2¢ a mile to fuel using gasoline, because it relies mainly on battery power.  To charge the Volt: only 80¢ a mile.  I can almost overlook the $40,000 price tag because there is a $7500 tax rebate, a government-offered incentive hoped to stimulate investment in electric powered vehicles.

I found a helpful map online with zoom capabilities which lists the electric fueling stations in Pennsylvania.

2 Responses to “Burgh Eye View: Greenfield”

  1. Nick Izzo at 10:21 pm #

    yes, I was happy when they installed that. However, there has been the same white Chevy Volt parked in that spot, plugged in, for at least six months. I don’t know what is up or why it is there but it effectively keeps anybody from using it.

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