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Illinois Embracing Electric Cars As More Efficient Use Of Tax Dollars; State Could Save More Than $5,800 Per Car By Switching, One Report Says

On comparison used by the Illinois state government to decide to buy some electric cars compared the 2013 Ford Focus gas-burner to the 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV. It concluded that after eight years of use the electric car was $5,833 cheaper to use. Mitsubishi

Electric cars have taken off in recent years despite concerns over range and cost, and the verdict is still out over whether all-electric vehicles (EVs) are the future of driving.

But a report comparing the cost savings for switching government fleet vehicles from gasoline to electric (powered largely by the coal or natural gas used by utilities) has caught the attention of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, whose administration recently signed a $1.6 million contract with a dealer in Chicago to deliver 60 EVs to the state government in the coming years.


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