Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) showcased a new vehicle option to help Delaware families reduce their oil consumption and in turn, save money at the gas pump. Senator Carper test drove the American-made electric Chevrolet Volt, the first available in Milford on Monday, April 11, 2011, at the I.G. Burton Chevrolet of Milford.
Senator Carper, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air, is a leading advocate of a comprehensive energy strategy to improve the economy and reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil. Part of that strategy includes strengthening Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars, light-trucks and sport utility vehicles.
In 2007, Sen. Carper played a central role in negotiating the first increase in CAFE standards in 32 years as part of the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Chevrolet Volt receives an estimated 93 MPG (electric) and 35 city, 40 hwy MPG (gas).
Senator Carper joined representatives from I.G. Burton to test drive the Chevrolet Volt and discuss the march towards more energy efficient cars and trucks that help clean our air and give American families more options to buy American-made, fuel-efficient vehicles.