"Electric & Plug-In Cars"

By KBJR News 1

March 3, 2011 Updated Mar 3, 2011 at 9:26 AM CDT


With the rapidly rising gas prices electric cars are looking better and better to many people.

But there are some things you should know before you run out and buy one.
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson has details in this week's "Your Green Life"

Just a year ago we were paying $2.70 a gallon to fill up our cars, now prices are creeping their way closer to $4 a gallon.
Buying a Hybrid seemed like the only realistic option for several years now to reduce your gas consumption but now electric cars and more plug in models are hitting showroom floors.

" You will be able to drive 13 to 15 miles on battery alone and then the engine will kick in", said Jim McMillion with KOLAR Toyota.

This is the plug in Prius, scheduled to come out sometime next year, which will drive on battery alone, up to 60 miles per hour , then switch to using a small gas engine for power.

"The current Prius is 50 miles to the gallon average, the plug–in version they are guesstimating in the 70s", said Jim McMillion.

Another option is Chevrolet's Volt.
This plug in sedan will give you close to 40 miles before gasoline is needed. But the base model costs nearly $40,000 dollars.

But if you really want to try something new, check out these electric cars.

The Tesla Roadster has a range of 244 miles and can go 0 to 60 in just 3.7 seconds.

If you want a car for simply getting around town in the summer or winter, the 2011, two–seater Electric Drive smart Fortwo is an option.
It has a range close to 100 miles.

And having a place to plug in your electric car is just as important because you don't want to be stuck on the side of the road.

"If you're in an all electric vehicle, you can go around 100 miles but to expect it to go more than that is just an unrealistic expectation" Karl Brauer from EDMUNDS.com

The Nissan Leaf is another option for an all–electric car. Its range is also advertised close to 100 miles.

Places to plug in are slowly becoming more available, and as technology advances our phones will be able to tell us where a charging port may be in case we run out of power. Of the electric cars, The Tesla Roadster is the most at over $101,000 The Nissan Leaf starts at $32,000 and the 2012 smart ED's price has not been announced yet.

For your green Life, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands Newscenter.

For more information on these cars visit:

www.smartusa.com
www.nissanusa.com
www.teslamotors.com
www.chevrolet.com/volt/

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