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Electric Car-Charging Stations Continue Popping Up in Marin – Novato, CA Patch

There’s no doubt Californians love their cars. The Golden State accounts for almost 10 percent of all car sales in the country, The Wall Street Journal reportedrecently. And anyone who’s ever sat in one of Marin’s infamous commuter traffic jams along Hwy. 101 can agree that the statewide fascination extends to our fair county.

If you’re in the market for an electric vehicle, you’ll certainly have your pick. With its laws incentivizing car manufacturers to go green, California has driven the push for eco-friendly transportation.

Electric vehicles can provide up to three times the power conversion compared to their gas-powered counterparts and boast an engine that operates more quietly and requires less maintenance, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To top it off, buying an eco-friendly car can net you a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

Though electric cars are more energy-efficient, you can still travel up to three times as far in some internal-combustion vehicles. Another thing to consider is electric car batteries are expensive to replace and can take up to eight hours to charge.

Several car manufacturers offer eco-friendly vehicles, including Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Ford, Nissan, Tesla and Toyota.

Some manufacturers are establishing their own charging stations hoping to lure potential customers. Tesla hasbuilt a network of six solar-powered charging stationsfrom L.A. to San Francisco, according to Car and Driver.

Whether you’re looking to buy an electric car or you already own one, Marin seems to be full of service stations that will keep you charged for your emissions-free commute, with one arriving earlier this month at the Mollie Stone’s market in Sausalito. That brings the total in Marin to 14.

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