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How long, round trip, is your daily commute? If it’s close to 40 miles, you might want to consider a new car.

On Monday, Chevy Volt marketing director Cristi Landy announced that out of more than two million miles driven by Volt owners, over two thirds of them were powered purely by domestically-produced electricity. “We are hearing from owners…who are able to charge both at home overnight and at work during the day. These owners are able to maximize driving on electricity alone, seeing real savings at the pump and in their wallets.”

For some Volt owners, the power of electricity is having a profound effect on their lives. Kory Levoy, who used to spend up to $200 a month on gas, has filled up his Volt only three times in 7500 miles of driving. Levoy uses his 240-volt home charger to charge the car overnight, and uses a portable 120-volt charger at work to refill the battery. Since his total daily commute is only 50 miles, he has plenty of battery power to make the round trip.

The Chevy Volt can drive up to 40 miles on battery power only on a full charge, at which point the gas engine kicks in. Since the average American only drives about 33 miles a day, the Volt—and other electric vehicles—present a great alternative to internal combustion engine cars, especially with gas prices climbing every day. EV Safety Training is committed to making sure that as electric vehicles become more popular, first responders know how to work with them in case anything ever goes wrong.

Harold Schaitberger NFPA announced yesterday, that during the June Board meeting in Boston, IAFF General President, Harold A. Schaitberger was elected to the NFPA Board of Directors.

Schaitberger is general president of the 300,000-member International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the largest fire fighter and paramedics union in the world. The IAFF represents more than 85 percent of the professional fire fighters and paramedics in the United States and Canada. Elected by the membership in 2000, he is currently serving his third, four-year term as General President.

“Harold Schaitberger is one of the most respected leaders in the fire service and we are delighted that he is joining the NFPA Board,” said James M. Shannon, president of NFPA.

Read more about Harold's experience and new role.

-Lauren Backstrom

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