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Electric to the Rescue

Looking for an eco-friendly, reasonably priced new ride for 2014? Get into an EV.
September 19, 2013

Spurred by escalating government demands, high fuel prices and greenhouse gas emissions standards, automakers are rolling out a whole new crop of electric vehicles that are affordable to buy or lease and cheap to run.

Among the EVs are the $27,000 Smart Fortwo ED, the $27,000 Chevy Spark EV, the $29,000 Nissan Leaf, the $32,000 Fiat 500e, the $35,000 Ford Focus Electric and the lease-only Honda Fit EV.

Toss in more expensive options such as the $50,000 Toyota Rav4EV and $68,000 Tesla Model S, and Californians now have quite the selection when it comes to going all-electric.

“A growing electric charging infrastructure, consumer incentives like single-occupancy
carpool lane access and a temperate climate make Southern California the ideal place to own and drive an electric vehicle,” said Robert Langford, manager of plug-in electric vehicle sales and marketing at American Honda Motor Co.

Local consumers are certainly responding. According to automotive data research company Polk, more than one-third of all new electric vehicles sold in the U.S. during the first six months of this year were registered in the Los Angeles and San Francisco metro areas. And Pike Research estimates that electric vehicle ownership in the Golden State will top 360,000 by 2017 — more than twice the number of any other state.


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