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March 6, 2011

Green Thinking

Federal tax credits for electric cars; Zero's e-motorcycles

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(Infiniti)

Federal push
President Obama's goal of 1 million electric cars on the road within the next four years is achievable, according to an administration report. But there may be a barrier to getting consumers to buy them: price. The $32,780 Leaf (pictured) and the $41,000 Volt cost far more than a comparably sized car with a gas engine. To overcome this, the federal government is offering tax credits of as much as $7,500 per vehicle, an incentive that the president has proposed to turn into a rebate, so that it can be collected at the dealership.

--The Associated Press


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(Wheelbase Communications)

Zero boost
With the world's largest lineup of fully electric motorcycles, Zero Motorcycles has extensively upgraded and re-engineered its bikes for 2011. An optional upgrade allows every model to be "quick-charge" capable, which means they can charge nearly twice as fast as the previous models. Riders can take advantage of J1772 public charging stations by buying an optional accessory.

--Wheelbase Communications

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