Chevy hybrid put through the paces

When General Motors began looking for a good place to test the power of a new Hybrid car being released this fall, two of WNC’s most notorious curvy roads rose to the top.

Both Tail of the Dragon and Hellbender in the Fontana area of Graham County played host last week to a fleet of the new GM hybrid cars known as the Volt.

The engineering team from GM’s Chevrolet division stayed at Fontana Village Resort while testing their new model. Diagnostic equipment mounted on the vehicles gave them real time data as they put the cars through their paces on the scenic byways. One member of the team commented that it was a challenge to concentrate on the data while enjoying the drive on N.C. 28 and U.S. 129.

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Back Then with George Ellison

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