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Photo by Rachelle Klemme The car has a battery running down the middle, which the car runs on until depleting its battery mileage and switching to conventional gas mode.

Behind the wheel of the new Volt

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Somebody had the idea to take a car and an iPod and put them in a blender, and this futuristic thing I drove on Wednesday was what came out of it.

In other words I went up to Thielen Motors in Park Rapids on to test drive the 2012 Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric car with a name that sounds like a Quidditch broom for Harry Potter, or an 80s cartoon giant robot that defends the universe.

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