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Could electric cars supercharge local business?

There are more than 940,000 automobiles registered in San Mateo County, but fewer than 0.1 percent of those are electric vehicles.

So, if only a handful of people are driving around in Tesla Roadsters, Nissan Leafs and Chevy Volts, then why are Half Moon Bay leaders strongly considering spending $50,000 for an electric-car charging station?
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They’re thinking ahead. Electric vehicles are expected to surge in the coming years, especially in California where lawmakers see the alternative autos as an answer to the state’s carbon-emission limits. While the state now has only about 6,500 electric cars on the road, the California Air Resources Board approved rules last year aimed at preparing for 1.4 million electric and hybrid cars on the road by 2025. To put that in perspective, that’s about one in seven autos in the state.

“It’s the start of what we think will be a big wave of purchases of electric cars,” said Dale Miller, president of the Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association. “The trend is just starting and people are just recognizing the economic and environmental benefits of electric cars.”


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