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Chevy unleashes 'Volt-age' for 100th birthday

As part of its birthday celebration at the Woodward Dream Cruise car weekend, Chevy invited Volt owners from around the U.S. to parade their wheels down the iconic avenue.

More than 50 Chevrolet Volts from 12 states line up to take part in the first ever Woodward Dream Cruise Parade of the Volts. John Scott Lewinski/CNET

DETROIT--In a moment sure to foreshadow the future while driving hot-rod purists bitterly insane, the electric car invaded Motor City yesterday.

More than 50 Chevrolet Volts from around the country gathered on the outskirts of Detroit to celebrate their automaker's 100th birthday as part of the Woodward Dream Cruise.

The Cruise is an annual gathering that brings hot rods, custom cars, and elite vehicles from around the world together for various auto-centric events. During downtime, the more than 1 million cars in attendance cruise up and down Woodward Avenue, Motor City's drag-racing mecca and one-time home to countless diners and auto-tuning shops.

But just as more cars are evolving into electrics and hybrids, century-old Chevrolet is evolving the Dream Cruise to celebrate the Volt. The automaker thus dedicated a chunk of its 100th birthday parade of rumbling Corvettes, Camaros, Novas, Impalas, and Bel Airs to the barely audible hum of Volts.