The WPS Farm Show has always provided a showcase for the latest in technology and this year is no exception. One of the new technologies is the Chevy Volt, WPS has partnered with the Electric Power Research Institute to assess the new car through 2013. The car is at the show where Carrie Rouse is talking to people and answering questions. “The electric charge will take you 35 to 40 miles per charge in warmer temperatures, in the winter we get about 25 miles per charge then the gasoline generator will kick in and take you another 300-plus miles.” The car has a 1.4 liter motor and Rouse says people have been impressed with the take-off, “It goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 9 seconds.”
It takes 8 to 10 hours to charge the car on 120-volt, about half the time on a 240-volt source. One of the things WPS wants to assess is just how much their electrical system needs to grow to meet the need if-and-when electric cars become more popular.