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USA: BG going green with free electric charging stations

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio –
As gas prices continue to climb, a local community is thinking green and hoping to encourage people to use less fuel by supporting electric cars.

The price for a gallon of gas is quickly climbing towards $5 a gallon, making a simple drive a costly trip.

It’s not the first time. Back in 2008, a spike in oil prices sparked people to invest in scooters, motorcycles and electric cars.

The trend is returning. At Thayer Toyota, customers are drawn to fuel efficient hybrids.

“Every year gas prices go up. This time we prepared for it, had a lot of hybrids in stock, 30 of them,” says Thayer Toyota sales manager Tony Hernandez. “Now we’re down to five.”

Soon, drivers in Bowling Green will have a public place to charge their electric cars. The city is installing charging stations, a first for the area.

“It’s another green project. The funds were there to pay for half of it, and it was the right thing to do,” says technician Steve Shaffer with the BG Electric Division.

The project cost $30,000. A grant from Clean Fuels Ohio is paying half the bill, and the taxpayer EcoSmart fund is picking up the rest.
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