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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 23, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 Sunday  January 23.2011  ——■— Mill IIÉI« II ■!  Tociays ivuuiuMir  Full forecast I IOC  Vol. 145, No. 23  \()ur I.oca I S()4ir('o S 'wicv 1(S()7 55555555 vAAAnA/.aikenstandard.com  $1.00  ITS ELECT  Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt ^^offer eco-friendly options  • Zeroemission vehicle  • Range 100 miles per charge (city)  • 244<Wh lithiumHon battery  • Pive^ssenger seating  • Front UV-reducIng solar glass  • Rear spoiler  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system  • AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with MP3/ WMA playback capability ^ USB port for iPod and other compatible devices  • Nissan Navigation Sjiiteim with 74hch color displ^  nissanusa.com  Pictured is the Interior console of the Nissan Leaf.  Charles Kramer Stoeppler,  BiMtlmore, Md.  RiibyANr  Aiken  VM/mUTiMi, Qréemooà  Deaths and FunetBls 16A  • r:^     Calendar    3C      Classifieds    ID      Crossword    2C      Comics    INSIDE      OearAbby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Movie Listings    3C      Obituaries    ßh      Opinions    14-1SA          2C                     -, ■ ■ i-'i fi  By HALEY HUGHES  Staff writer  he cars hailed as the future of eco-friendly automobiles - the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt -are coming to Aiken. Though only available in major markets such as Atlanta, the Leaf is expected to hit Sunbelt Nissan in March; the Volt will be at Master Chevrolet Cadillac in the next 12 to 18 months. Both dealerships have reported that several customers are anxiously awaiting their arrival.  There is a lot to be said for both cars, which have received numerous automotive awards between them and generated quite a buzz in the industry.  The car is touted as the world's first all-electric, zero-emission car designed for the mass market. It does not bum a drop of gasoline.  "There is no gas tank and no exhaust pipe," said Mike Watson with Sunbelt Nissan in Augusta. "It's about going green."  A standard 120-volt power line is all that's needed to charge the car's 24-kWh battery with full capacity after about 10 hours of charging. Consumers can pur-chase a 240-volt line separately, which can charge the battery in as little as four hours. .. .......  the five-passei^er Leaf can get an average of 100 miles per charge (city) and reach speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.  At a price of 10 cents per kilowatt, 100 miles of driving might cost as little as about $2.40 a day for electricity.  "The big thing 7 which hasn't been seen before - is the on-board information to, overcome range anxiety," Watson said. "The Leaf has a very sophisticated dash that will show you how many miles you have left on the charge."  Temperature, speed and driving style are the biggest factors in determining how far you can get in the Leaf. The car's climate control system draws  Mike Watson with Sunbelt Nissan believes as the demand for electric cars Increases, so will the involvement of private enterprise.  Sunbelt Nissan will invest in its site and install electric chargers. Nissan announced it is partnering with Cracker Barrel Old Country store to install electric-vehicle chargers at 24 of the chain's restaurants  on the car's battery charge, and faster speeds require more energy to overcome wind resistance. •  Ideal driving conditions, according to Nissan's website, are a constant speed of 38 miles per hour with an ambient temperature of 68 degrees, meaning there is no need to turn on the car's heat or air. Under these conditions, the Leaf is estimated to get 138 miles per charge.  In a suburban stop-and-go traffic jam in winter, the Leaf is estimated to get only 62 miles per charge.  "If it fits your driving style and you have the opportunity to charge it overnight, it makes sense," Watson said. "We are excited about having it."  Leafs with CARWINGS, an in-car telematics system, can be synchronized to its owner's smartphone allowing them, for instance, to set the cabin temperature to preheat «r precool while the battery is plugged in and not drained.  To date, 20,000 people across the country have reserved a Leaf. Reservations will not open to the public again until 2012.  MSRP is around $32,000, and several federal and state tax credits are available.  Sunbelt Nissan can be reached at (706) 854-0000.  Unlike the Leaf, the Volt runs on both an electric cbf^^EV) and g^oline.  briyers cim go 35 mites per chaige on the batteiy before the car automatically kicks over to the gas-powered generator for an additional range of 340 miles.  Combined, the Volt can get an estimated 375 miles on a ilill charge and full tank of gas.  Like the Leaf, the Volt's 16-kWh batteiy can be charged using a standard 120-volt line with full capacity reached afier about 10 hours.  Consumers can purchase a 240-voh line separately, which can charge the battery in as little as four hours.  Please see ELECTRIC, page 5A  • Battery range 35 miles  • GasiX)wered generator range 340 miles  • l&kWh lithiupfvion battery  • 1.4L internal combustion engine (80 hp)  • Five-passenger seating ' Rear spoiler  • 7-inch diagonal LCD touch screen  • Bluetooth wireless technology  • USB port  • Audio system with navigation, XM Radio, DVD and MP3 playback capability, includes voice recognition  Fü^M  \n  chevrolet.com  Pictured is the interior console of the Chevrolet Volt.  in Tennessee.  Plug-In Carolina, a nonprofit founded in Charleston by Jim Poch, is working to install 80 chargers in public spaces across the state to coincide with the release of the Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. The project is possible with the help of two grants from the S.C. Energy Office totaling $480,000 and with support from utility companies, including SCE&G in the Midlands, Santee Cooper in the  Lowcountry and Duke Energy in the Upstate.  Local governments in Columbia, Greenville, Charleston, Conway, Myrtle Beach, Spartanburg, Rock Hill and Union each plan to install the charging stations, according to The State , newspaper.  Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian said that, currently, there are no plans to install electric charging stations in Aiken County.  staff photo by Rob Novit  St. Mary Help of Christian School students Eduardo Barquet left, and Michael Ray helped their ''Health inspectors" LEGO team qualify at regionals fbrthe state meet in March.  Teams qualify for state  LEGO  tourney  By ROB NOVIT  Senior writer  For the first time, St. Maiy Help of Christians School fielded three teams at the FIRST LEGO League Regionals at Aiken Techhi-cal College on Saturd^ - a sixth and sevoith grade squad and one each of fourth- and fiflh-graders.  It was a chance for the younger kids to get some experience, said coach Michelle Nelson. They got it, all right; all three teams qualified for the state LEGO championships at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, March 5,  "That was a big surprise and every exciting," Nelson said and added wdtii a laugh, "Now we have another five weeks of mayhem."  The GREAT team of Greenwood took first place among the seven state qualifiers. Two other Aiken-based" squads also qualified; the ; Aiken LEGO kids, a home- ^ school groi^, took second,:' while the Lion Botz of JX). Lever Elementaiy Sclux)l finished seventh. A Hilton Head team was sixth.  Please see LEGO, page 16A  Cities begin to require vacation for snow days  ■ Aiken not included in cities changing policies on snow day pay.  Aeeoeiated Preee  COLUMBL\—Several cities in South Carolina are changinig their policies on  paying woricers when they get days off for snowy weather.  Instead of just paying workers for staying home, places like Columbia and Fountain Inn are requiring them to take vacation days or special leave if they want their paychecks to stay the same. Officials said it saves money in tough budget times and treats employees that  have to come into work, like police officers and public works employees, more fairly.  "I got a little bit of hate mail because this is the first time we've done it this way," City Manager Steve Gantt told The State. "I expect everybody pretty much knows this is going to be my policy fi"om here on out."  Not all public employees  are having to use personal time or vacation to get paid for snow days. Gov. Nikki Haley signed an order paying all state employees for the time they missed when their oflBces were closed because of the Jan. 10 snow. All Lexington County workers also are bemg paid for their days off.  Columbia used to have a  similar policy, so when the city paid everyone on a snow day, anyone who had to work would get overtime for ^ their hours. Under the new system, police officers and others on the clock during the snow only get extra pay once they work over their 40 hours in a week.  Please see SNOW, page 5A   

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