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Mid-Columbia drivers charged up about benefits of electric cars

By Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald

The only expense that’s gone up since Madeleine Brown of Richland bought an electric car in 2011 is car washes, she said.

It costs about a penny a mile for the electricity to drive it, and maintenance costs have been nonexistent, she said. But she washes it more frequently than her previous car because of pride of ownership.

She owns one of 135 electric vehicles registered in Benton County, according to the Mid-Columbia Electric Vehicle Association. Eleven are registered in Franklin County. That’s 24 more than were registered in both counties at the first of the year.

Now is a good time to consider buying an electric car, said Michael Kintner-Meyer, a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory employee.

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