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Electric Car Enthusiasts Woo Western States

Electric car companies are finding a friendly reception as they push West Coast states and cities for incentives and infrastructure investments.

Published: 13-Dec-2008

We’re not talking about souped-up golf carts here. Most of the world’s major automakers have plans to sell fully electric cars that look and feel like regular cars.

Just the topic and a few tantalizing pictures draw a capacity crowd to what otherwise would be a mundane legislative briefing.

Sound [committee chairwoman]: “Welcome to the Dec. 4th Transportation Committee meeting. Glad to see all the excitement....”

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