Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 23, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Vol. 145, No. 23
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ITS ELECTR C
Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt
offer eco-friendly options
• Zeroemission vehicle
• Range IOO miles per charge (city)
• 244<Wh lithium-ion battery
• Frve-passenger 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 System with 7-inch color display
Pictured is the interior console of the Nissan Leaf.
Charles Kramer Stippler,
Vivian W. Tullis,
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By HALEY HUGHES
he ears 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 he said for both cars, which have received numerous automotive awards between them and generated quite a buzz in the industry.
The ear is touted as the world’s first all-electric, zero-emission ear designed for the mass market. It docs not hum a drop of
“There is no gas tank and no exhaust pipe,” said Mike Watson with Sunbelt Nissan in Augusta. “Its 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 IO hours of charging. Consumers can pur-* chuse a 240-volt line separately, which can charge the battery in as little as four hours. ^ ..
The fivc-passcnger Leaf can gel an average of IOO miles per charge (city) and reach speeds of up to OO miles per hour.
At a price of IO cents per kilowatt, IOO miles of driving might cost as little as about $2.40 a day for electricity.
“The big thing 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 ear’s climate control system draws
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 Leal 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 ( ARW1NGN, an in-car telematics system, can be synchronized to its owner’s smartphone allowing them, for instance, to set the cabin temperature to preheat or precool while the battery is plugged in and not drained.
To date, 20,000 people across the country' have reserv cd a Leaf. Reservations will not open to the public again until 2012.
MSRI* 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 char”** t EV) and gasoline.
Drivers can go 35 miles per charge on the battery 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 lull charge and full tank of gas.
Like the Leaf, the Volt’s 16-kWh battery can he charged using a standard 120-volt line with full capacity reached after about IO hours.
Consumers can purchase a 240-volt line separately, w hich can charge the battery in as little as four hours.
Please see ELECTRIC, page 5A
• Battery range 35 miles
• Gas-powered generator range 340 miles
• lGkWh lithium-ion 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
Pictured is the interior console of the Chevrolet Volt.
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 char gers at 24 of the chain s restaurants
Plug-In Carolina, a nonprofit founded in Charleston by Jim Perch, 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 util ity 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 charg mg stations, according to The State , newspaper
Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian said that, currently, there are no plans to install electric charging stations rn 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 for the state meet in March.
Teams qualify for state
By ROB NOVIT
For the first time. St.
Mary I lelp of Christians School fielded three teams at the FIRST LECK > League Regionals at Aiken Technical I ’allege on Saturday - a sixth and seventh grade squad and one each of Iburth- and tifth-graders.
It was a chance for the younger kids to get some experience, said coach Michelle Nelson. They girt it, all nght; all three teams qualified for the state LEGO champe *nships at the North ( harlcston C oliseum on Saturday, March 5.
“Thai was a big surprise and every exciting,,” Nelson said and added w ith a laugh, “Now we have another five weeks of mayhem ”
ITW GREAT team of Ciretnvvood took first place among the sev en state qualifiers. Two tither Atkcn-hased squad1- also qualified; the Aiken LEGC) kids, a home-school group, took second, while the Lion Bot/ of J.D. Lever Elementary School full shed seventh. AI Elton I lead team w as sixth.
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Cities begin to require vacation for snow t
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Aiken not included in cities changing policies on snow day pay.
COLUMBIA - Several cities in South C arolina are changing their policies un
paying workers when they get days off for snowy weather Instead of just paying workers for stay mg home, places like Columbia and Fountain Inn are requiring them to take vacation days or special leave if they want their paychecks lo stay the same Officials said it saves money in tough budget times and treats employees that
hav e to come into work, like police officers and public works employees, more fairly.
“I got a little hit of hate mail because this is the first time we’ve (kine it this way,’ City Manager Steve C iantt told Th* State. “I expect everybody pretty much knows this is going to he my policy from here tm out.”
Not all public employees
are hav mg to use personal time or vacation to get paid tor snow days. Ckw. Nikki I laley signed an order paying all state employees for the time they missed when their offices were closed because of the Jan. IO snow. All Lexington County workers also are being 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 tor all 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.
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