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Scotia-Glenville students test drive alternative-fuel vehicles

Scotia-Glenville seniors were able to test-drive several alternative fuel vehicles on Friday, Dec. 7, as part of their English class.

Scotia-Glenville seniors were able to test-drive several alternative fuel vehicles on Friday, Dec. 7, as part of their English class. Photo by John Purcell.

— “We turned on the car and it just beeped,” he said.

Justin DeHart, 17, drove the C-Max, provided by Metro Ford, and said it is was also a smooth drive, with some “really good” brakes. He said there were a lot of gadgets in the car, such as voice controls.

“It is a lot smoother than a regular gasoline engine,” he added.

When asked if he would buy a C-Max, DeHart replied, ““Heck yeah,” but the $28,000 sticker could prove to be a barrier.

Ian Hunter, 18, drove the Volt, provided by Mangino Chevrolet in Amsterdam, and said it was a “fun ride.”

“It has just really sensitive acceleration … and a really short charge time, so it seems like a viable option for a car to own on a daily basis,” Hunter said.

The i-MiEV had a charge time of 22 hours, which Hunter saw as a bit of a drawback. The Volt required eight hours on 120 volts and four hours using 240 volts.

Hunter added he has enjoyed that the course has focused on alternative energy.

“There has just been a big focus on the environment,” he said. “It is really interesting. I am learning a lot I didn’t know.”

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