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Shocking: Drivers set to get break filling up (electric) cars «

By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A bipartisan bill speeding through the Minnesota Legislature hands drivers a big break in the cost of filling up.

Just one speed bump, though. You’ll need to be driving the right kind of vehicle — one of maybe 5,000 electric models now on Minnesota roads.

Yet supporters claim even those who will never own, much less plug in, an EV will also benefit from the “time-of-day” legislation. The dirty secret, they say, is that electric vehicles are on a crash course with ratepayers.

“Do electric car owners save money under this? Yeah, but the rest of us save a lot more,” said Rep. Pat Garafalo, R-Farmington, author of the bill in the Minnesota House. “If we start having more and more electric cars plugged in, every single electric car is like a small house on the grid.”



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