Wood Family Dealers Help School Districts Go Electric | white river now

Featured image: The Wood Family dealerships 2022 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle that will be used by BHSC driver education students.

Driver education students from two area school districts will now plug in instead of filling up the car in which they learn their skills.

Wood Family dealerships presented driver training courses in the Batesville School District (BSD) and Southside School District with their very own 2022 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle (EV).

“Electric vehicles are the wave of the future,” said Scott Wood, owner/lead dealer at The Wood Family Dealerships.

Wood, who is also a former president of the Batesville School Board, made the comments when he presented the Batesville High School Charter (BHSC) driver training course with their Bolt.

“It’s a situation where I thought it would be best for young people to be exposed to electric vehicles and see their abilities early in their driving careers,” he said. “So it just seemed natural to me now that EVs are on the market at scale that we would use an EV as the driver education unit.”

In 2017, BHSC committed to clean energy by installing more than 1,400 solar panels in the school district in an effort to increase teacher salaries and overall energy efficiency, according to a BSD statement on the presentation. of his Bolt.

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV is just another step towards BHSC’s fuel efficiency goal, and Wood family dealers said they couldn’t be more proud to help make those goals a reality. a reality for their teachers and students, the statement said.

“I felt like the Bolt was another way for the district to show off its ability to help protect the environment, and something green we could do for the district,” Wood said.

“The most important thing is the cost,” said Neely Norwood, driver education instructor at BHSC. “The cost of gas currently reduces that expense when driving. The Bolt goes about 240 miles on a single charge which is very convenient. After driving for the day we can just plug it in and it will be ready for the day after.

Norwood explained that all students will learn how to check their oil and fuel pump with the other driver training vehicle in the BSD fleet. Teaching students how to drive a gas-powered vehicle safely is just as important as looking at what the future holds for the automotive industry.

“It’s kind of a learning opportunity for students who want to get into electric vehicles,” Norwood said.

Students will spend the first 20 hours of the course learning about vehicle safety before hitting the road. Students will then learn how to check oil, change a flat tire and parallel park, according to the BSD statement.

Southside Superintendent Dion Stevens told White River Now’s Gary Bridgman that thanks to the Wood family dealerships, Southside driver education students can experience the future of electric vehicles today.

“It was his idea to give some of our students hands-on experience with electric vehicles. We just appreciate that and appreciate the opportunity,” Stevens said.

Wood family dealers said the Chevy Bolt EV comes with standard Chevy Safety Assist as well as a suite of advanced safety technologies and driver-assist features, including front pedestrian braking , forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist with lane departure warning. .

Images provided by Wood Family dealers and the Batesville School District.

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