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High Gas Prices Are Driving Interest in Electric Cars

There are about 30 members in the Florida chapter, and many own several of the vehicles.

Published: 23-Apr-2006

Delray Beach ยท Running almost on empty, Charles Whalen bypasses the brightly lit gas stations and their $3 a gallon prices and confidently glides his Toyota RAV4-EV into his driveway. Popping the hood, he reaches for a giant extension cord and plugs his car into the wall.

Whalen is the proud owner of two battery-powered electric vehicles, and he is one of a group of South Floridians who are evading record-breaking fuel prices with their alternative modes of transportation. The motorists, mostly members of the Florida Electric Auto Association, will showcase their cars at two Earth Day events this week, a solar-power exhibit today in Deerfield Beach and an expo next weekend in Miami Beach.

I try to convince you, it's the beginning of something big and you should want to be a part of it," said Steve Clunn, president of Grassroots Electric Vehicles and who converts gas-powered cars into battery-operated machines in Fort Pierce.

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