Wednesday Weisblog: Sit tight, Chevy dealers. A game changer is on the way.

Auto dealerships of all brands are closing left and right in our county. American car manufacturers, in particular, are taking it on the chin in unprecedented ways.

So when General Motors made the announcement that the Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric is expected to get 230 miles per gallon of gasoline in city driving, you can bet that every Chevy dealership still in existence has stopped to take notice!

Because I don’t want to illegally post a photo, I haven’t pictured it here. But folks, I’ve seen this Chevrolet Volt – and it’s downright sporty! Do a Google search on it and see for yourself.

The 230 miles per gallon rating is MORE THAN FOUR TIMES better than the vehicle currently called the most fuel-efficient vehicle sold in America (the Toyota Prius).

Of course, there are going to be some electricity bills – but GM says charging the Volt will be “about 40 cents a day.”

According to GM, they are testing the lithium-ion batteries, tweaking them to ensure that they last 10 years. They are also testing them to make sure they perform well in both hot and cold climates.

Scheduled to arrive in showrooms in late 2010, the Volt could be just the infusion of electricity that General Motors has so desperately needed.

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