Local dealers have electric cars

Published 12:04 am Saturday, April 7, 2012

The inside of a Chevrolet Volt is shown above. | Kendra Bolling/Star-News


Two Covington County dealerships have electric cars on their lots, but neither has sold one yet, sales reps said Friday.

J.M. Jackson Buick-Chevrolet has “the first electric car that runs on more than electricity” – the Chevrolet Volt.

“It’s an all electric car that does have a six-gallon gas tank,” said salesperson Bobby Hall. “Is has gas to turn the generator on to put the power into it.”

Volt is unique among electric vehicles because it has two sources of energy – there’s a battery, that allows you to drive gas-free, and there’s an onboard gas generator that produces electricity for around 400 miles on a full tank of gas.

Recharging the battery takes about eight hours when using a 110-volt outlet and four hours when using a 220-volt outlet, Hall said.

It is estimated the vehicle gets 35 mpg, and it retails from $39,000 to $42,000.

Massey Automotive has a Nissan Leaf. The totally-battery operated vehicle also can be charged from 110-volt or 220-volt outlets. The all-electric car produces no tailpipe pollution or greenhouse gas emissions at the point of operation.

When fully charged, it has a range of approximately 70 to 100 miles, depending upon driving habits.

The Leaf retails for $35,000.

Both J.M. Jackson and Massey Automotive have had the electric vehicles since last fall.

For the first few months, the vehicles were used for promotions only. Jackson now has two Volts for sale on the lot;

Massey is still demonstrating the Leaf, but can order them for customers who are ready to buy.