Scotia-Glenville students got to test drive some smooth rides Friday.
Senior Courtney Fuller, 17, took a spin in a Chevrolet Volt.
“It was awesome! It drove really smoothly and when you turned it on you didn’t even hear it,” she said.
Fuller said it is worth the $40,000 price tag because she wouldn’t have to buy gasoline. “You can plug it in anywhere there’s an outlet. It’s very convenient,” she said.
This wasn’t part of a driver’s education class, but rather a unit in teacher Rick Warren’s 12th-grade English class on alternative fuel vehicles and transportation systems.
“When they come back to class on Monday, they’ll make a comparison of which car was best for the money and for the environment,” he said.
Students also got to see a Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Honda Civic hybrid and Ford C-Max hybrid.
Jim Elliott, a sales representative for Mangino Chevrolet in Amsterdam, was showing off the Volt, which has a 30-mile range running on electricity and a backup nine-gallon gas tank that can allow drivers to go another 340 miles.
Elliott said his son goes to Scotia-Glenville High School and is glad to participate in Warren’s class exercise.
“The kids love it; it’s fun. They get to see what’s coming in the future of automobile manufacturing,” he said.
Laura Cernik, 17, was impressed with the Volt’s features, including the hookups for electronic devices.
“If we’re able to charge our iPhones in the car, that would be nice,” she said.
She added that it would be a good vehicle if somebody just needed to go to work and back and run errands and weren’t going on long trips. People could find another way to travel to far-away destinations, she said.
“The money you saved could help pay for your plane tickets,” she said.
Mark McIntosh of Goldstein Mitsubishi showed off the iMiev, which runs 100 percent on electric power. “It can go 60 to 110 miles — depending on how you drive it, where you drive it,” he said.
Connor Sullivan-Irwin, 17, said it was a smooth ride.
“There’s no noise whatsoever. We turned on the car and all it did was beep.”
He added that the compactly built car is more spacious than it appears on the outside. “It was a really smooth ride,” he said.
Students checked out a Honda Civic hybrid from Mohawk Honda but were not able to drive it because there was no employee present.
Jason Geras of Metro Ford said the hybrid gets 47 miles per gallon. “It’s the fastest right now of the hybrids,” he said.
Justin DeHart, 17, gave a thumbs-up to the Ford C-Max’s interior. “There’s lots of gadgets — touch screen, hands-free everything,” he said.
The one drawback on these vehicles could be the price — $28,000 for the C-Max and $30,000 for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV — perhaps a bit steep for high school students.
When asked if he wanted to buy the C-Max, DeHart said, “Heck, yeah,” before quickly adding, “not right now.”