Former president George H.W. Bush buys Volt for his son’s birthday

With the 2012 elections coming up, the Chevrolet Volt has become a target of criticism for Republicans – but recently, its seems like that conservatives are finally rethinking their opinion on the car.

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The Chevrolet Volt recently received some favorable coverage from Fox News and now former president George H.W. Bush has purchased one as well. According to a Chevrolet manager, the former pres picked up the new Volt for his son Neil Bush’s birthday gift.

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Former car czar Steve Rattner also recently bought a silver Volt and tweeted that he loves it ‘even though its not financially savvy.’

President Barack Obama has already pledged to purchase one once he leaves office.

Refresher: The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is powered by 16-kWh, ‘T’-shaped lithium-ion battery that powers the electric drive unit, which allows it to drive 40 miles on battery power alone. The system puts out 149-hp and a maximum torque of 273 lb-ft, allowing the Volt to go from 0-60 mph in about 9 seconds, hitting a top speed of 100 mph. The battery can be re-charged by plugging into a household outlet and takes 4 hours to recharge on 240 volts, and about 10-12 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet. The Chevrolet Volt also carries an 84-hp 1.4 4-clyinder engine that allows the five-door, FWD sedan to travel additional miles while averaging a fuel-economy of 50 mpg. A fully charged battery and full tank of gas will allow the Volt to travel 379   miles. The 2012 Chevrolet Volt gets an EPA estimated 93 miles per ’gallon-equivalent’ when driving under electric power only, 37 mpg when in gasoline mode and over the long term it is estimated to get 60 miles per gallon in combined gasoline-powered and electric-powered driving. Prices for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt start at $39,995 but with a full federal income tax credit (which range from $0 to $7,500), the Volt can cost a total of $32,495.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Yahoo