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February 02, 2010

An Electrifying Guide

Electric Vehicle Parking You’ve changed your light bulbs. You buy organic. But you’re ready to take a bigger step. Maybe it’s time to get charged up about electric cars. If you need a little hand-holding, Plug In America is here to help. The nonprofit organization just released “Charged Up & Ready to Roll: The Definitive Guide to Plug-In Electric Vehicles,” an extremely informative compilation of sources for drivers looking to break the oil addiction. The report offers advice on purchasing an all-electric or plug-in hybrid and on converting a gasoline vehicle to electric drive. It also explains state and federal incentives. For the skeptical, it proffers some convincing myth-debunking–-did you know, for example, that the typical range of an electric car meets the needs of most American commuters? 

The guide comes at a historic time: By the end of 2010, several major car companies (and some smaller ones too) will have released mass-produced electric vehicles. While electric cars aren't a panacea (what if your region's electricity is produced by a coal-fired plant?), they'll get us a lot farther down the road toward cleaner, better transportation. The online guide is free for Plug In America members; print copies are available for $8 plus $3 shipping.

--Wendy Becktold

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