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Low Cost Leases Electrify Plug-In Car Sales On West Coast · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting

Miranda Lewis of Duvall, WA picks up her brand new Nissan Leaf. | credit: Tom Banse | rollover image for more
A couple of years ago, Democratic politicians at the state and national levels set heady goals for battery powered cars. For example, in his 2011 State of the Union speech, President Obama said, “With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.”

Oregon piggybacked on that with a state goal of 30,000 plug-in cars by 2015. From today’s vantage point, these goals look overly optimistic. Oregon counts just over 2,000 plug-in cars on the road today. But since the beginning of this year, consumers on the West Coast are buying electric cars at an accelerating pace.



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