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Electric vehicle fans kicked off "Charge Across Town" EV Week in a city already enamored with the plug in cars. One out of five purely electric cars in the entire country was bought by San Franciscans this year.
Story No.: 840643
Date: 09/30/2013 09:57 AM
San Francisco - September 23, 2013
1. Wide of 2014 Ford C-Max pulls into parking spot
2. Mid of electric engine inside 2014 Nissan Leaf
3. SOUNDBITE (English): Maureen Blanc - Director, Charge Across Town
"Some of the earlier electric vehicles didn't go very far, let's be honest. Now you can go up to 200, 300 miles in some of these vehicles."
4. Close of Tesla interior, pan to large touch screen
5. Mid of brand new 2014 BMW i3
6. SOUNDBITE (English): Mike Harrigan - Director of Electric Vehicle Program, City Car Share
"Nobody with a normal budget could afford to buy an electric car. Now there's probably 15-20 models available on the market."
7. Mid of 2014 Ford Fusion
8. Close of Fusion's $21,000 price tag
9. Mid of 2013 Mitsubishi MiEV
10. Close of e2013 Mitsubishi MiEV
11. SOUNDBITE (English): Robert Langford - Manager of Plug In Vehicles Sales, Honda
"Electrical drive is the way we're going to clear the air, gain efficiencies and get off of foreign petroleum."
12. Mid of 2014 Tesla Model X
Electric vehicle fans kicked off a weeklong love fest of their gas-free rides Monday in a city already enamored with the plug in cars.
One out of five purely electric cars in the entire country was bought by San Franciscans this year.
One local rental car company, City Car Share, is in the process of converting its entire fleet to electric.
Statewide they're popular as well.
Teslas are outselling Porsches, Lincolns and Cadillacs in California, and Californians bought 34,000 Toyota hybrid Priuses so far this year.
There are also more charging stations per capita here than elsewhere.
But nationwide, many consumers are still wary of electric cars, feeling they're too expensive, too slow and don't get enough miles per charge.
Organizers of "Charge Across Town" EV Week say the event in California aims to eliminate some of these misconceptions.
New EV models can get up to 300 miles per charge and a few models cost under 20 thousand dollars.
But most importantly, EV advocates say, electric vehicles are much better for the environment compared to gas-guzzling cars.
There's a growing selection of all-electric cars these days, with almost twenty models now on the market.
New 2014 EV models on display and available for test drives at the car show include the new BMW i3 and the new Tesla Model X.
"Charge Across Town" EV Week moves on to San Jose in the heart of the Silicon Valley later this week.