That is one of the great things about the Volt. What other car can be driven (useful distances) on either electricity or gas when the other one is unavailable? It is the perfect car for these kinds of crises.Having a Volt is actually a double-edged sword for this. On one hand as long as we can get electricity we can charge our cars, but on the other hand if the power goes out we may need to get gas...
That article mentioned something that hadn't occurred to me - a holiday weekend.
It is true that gas pumps are electric. However, in my experience with several major power outages due to hurricanes or winter storms, it was always possible to find a gas station somewhere that was in service. Electrical power typically goes out and is restored in patches. Repair priority is given to certain public needs like hospitals and commercial areas where people buy food and fuel. And anything located close to a substation is likely to have minimal downtime. Also, after several major East Cost storms in recent years, there has been more attention on installing generators at gas stations, sometimes with public grant money. But it still depends on the specific disaster scenario, of course.If the power goes out, the gas station pumps won't work.
Unless you are in Florida near evacuation routes...or in Louisiana at new or completely rebuilt service stations in the southern portion of the state....If the power goes out, the gas station pumps won't work.
I worked in a gas station in my youth. Be very careful of flooded areas as their underground tanks may have too much water. The owner where I worked didn't get the tank filler on straight during icing weather. When the ice/snow melted it ran into the fill pipe and caused havoc with our customers.
I'm not quite sure if this is an attempt a humor or a gross misunderstanding of the incident. A lack of generators (disabled/swept away by the tsunami) is exactly what caused the problem at Fukushima, actually.generators didn't help japans nuke plant when it was under water
Good for you for helping. My daughter and son-in-law have a house there (their main home is near Austin). Their house was damaged but definitely fixable. The neighbors, not so much. Many folks lost the only home they have in the hurricane. The son-in-law loaded up a bunch of stuff from Sam's to take down to hand out to the folks, many of which he's known for years.I filled up my CMax Energi on both gas and electrons before Harvey hit down here. We were spared and haven't had to use the gas for generating electricity purposes but we'll be heading to Rockport to help a co-worker and friends some of whom are elderly. Trees still standing have no leaves and offer zero shade in our late August heat. I'll be offering it as an on-site air conditioner for them so they can still monitor our cleanup actions. I'll also use the rear seat 110v ac plug to run a couple of crockpots.
Yes, Christie Administration Offered Grants to Enhance Fuel Station Access to Back-Up PowerAfter Sandy hit NJ, a lot of gas stations installed generators to keep the pumps going in case a storm hits again.