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USA: Electric cars becoming a more mainstream choice

The jokes about electric cars — do extension cords come standard? — tend to fade when the cost of gasoline enters the discussion.

Few things in the automotive world have the sobering power of conversations about gas prices.

Owners of electric cars, of course, make very few trips to the gas station. If one’s electric car is also one’s commuting car, entire months may pass before the auxiliary gas tank, typical on plug-in hybrids, gets attention at the pump.

For drivers who face the obligatory $50 to $70 fill-up cost at least once a week, the thought of a leisurely, monthly stop for a few, perhaps superfluous gallons has the power to excite automobile envy. And that, for generations, has been the start of the car-buying process in America.
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