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A feisty ride in the Chevy VoltCNET News' Martin LaMonica gets a look at the electric Chevy Volt from GM's Frank Weber, one the car's designers at GM's famed testing track.
>> Martin: This is Martin Lamonica [assumed spelling] with CNET News. I took a ride in the Electric Chevrolet Volt at GM's Milford Proving Ground in southeast Michigan on Tuesday. The driver was Frank Viber [assumed spelling]. The Global Vehicle Line Executive for the Volt. The car itself was a Mule or Test Version used by the Volt's Development Team. I was on the passenger's side with the video camera and 2 other journalists were in the backseat. >> So everything you see on those screens here is not production. >> This is not, okay, alright that's what I was wondering as we were seeing it. >> No both screens are not production and they are good -- >> Oh what, we're not doing the performance loop? >> No >> This has a bit of pick-up here. >> This is just -- >> That's your hatch -- [inaudible] or something. Okay, you've got control over that I see. >> You have the same jump in the acceleration at all speeds. Is that -- >> What you have is you feel very couples to your car because there is no gear set; there is no lag like in the automatic. The Electric draw means that you are -- you just get into the car and you accelerate and it is more like fine than it is to drive a vehicle. >> Yeah because you have that [inaudible] and it's just a wonderful experience. >> Well, we are accelerating you certainly feel it. >> Take this turn. ^M00:01:40 [ Background noise ] ^M00:01:59 >> Let's do 2. >> Thanks for the ride Frank. >> They will kill me if I don't -- >> Hey, you're expendable. >> Everybody is. >> New GM you got to take me. >> Where is this car due back? >> It is almost stolen from the Development Team just to bring you here and give you and share this experience with you. >> Well, we appreciate it thanks a lot. ^M00:02:21 [ Music ]