Smoky Mountain Chevrolet of Franklin just recently loaned a Chevrolet Volt to Southwestern Community College (SCC) students and their instructor for a day to give all of them the opportunity to get training on today's newer alternative-fueled vehicles.

The Chevy Volt.

The Chevy Volt.

While "Volt" is singular, there is over 300 volts, remarks Southwestern Community College’s Automotive Systems Technology program professor, David Myers, who adds:

"That’s about the same as working on a power line.”

“It’s a big change from a carburetor. I’d say half of our students had never seen under the hood of one of these before.”

As the students are more involved with hybrid and electric vehicles, they become more interested in this new technology. As Myers states:

“We are so grateful to local dealers like Smoky Mountain Chevrolet for allowing us to train our students on these types of vehicles.”

“Andy Shaw Ford has loaned us some of their hybrid models in the past, too. Once our students actually get to work with one of these up close, they want to know more about it. They’ve been asking me more questions about hybrids every day since we had that Volt here."

“This is the most prevailing new technology out there, and our students need to know how to work on these.”

A student in Myers’ program, Bryan Hooper who showed lots of interest in the Volt, stated:

“The experience was electrifying,” said Hooper, who lives in Sylva. “It was good to see what the automotive field is primarily going to. It was great to spend the day with the Chevrolet Volt and to actually get to ride in it to see what it actually runs like. It was shocking to see all the screens on the dash that show volts and amps. It runs very smooth. I’d like to thank Smoky Mountain Chevrolet for providing the car for the day.”

Source: Southwestern Community College

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