Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm hopped in the passenger seat while her husband took the wheel for a test drive around the Capitol in a new, white Chevrolet Volt.
The governor raved afterward Tuesday about the electric car's power and style. She says it has torque, luxury and technology all wrapped into one package and is "beautifully designed."
The Volt runs on battery power for up to 40 miles but has a small gasoline engine to generate electricity once the battery runs down. The gas engine can generate power to run the car another 300 miles.
The four-door sedan goes on sale in November. General Motors Co. is building the car in Hamtramck.
Lansing mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero took a silver Volt for a spin.