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All it takes is some common sense to see that buying an electric vehicle is what you should do if you reside in California.

Chevy Spark EV

Chevy Spark EV

Part of it is financial common sense.  $7,500 in federal credits, paired with $2,500 in state credits equals $10,000 off, plus there's that HOV-lane access (a real time-saver for Californians).

But as authors Steve Kinsey and Richard Lowenthal (both residents of California) at Capitol Weekly point out:

"Let’s start with the common sense part. In California alone, motorists spend an estimated $4.5 billion a month on petroleum-based fuel. Not only does most of that money end up outside the state, doing little for our economy, but the fuels are a leading source of global climate change pollution and respiratory diseases including asthma and lung cancer. With that much at stake, anyone who values local jobs, a robust economy, clean air, and a stable climate should consider a switch to a cleaner vehicle. Electric cars are a great driving choice."

Kinsey and Lowenthal touch on the cost aspect of electric vehicles, stating:

"What’s more, as the prices of electric cars trend downwards, they’re becoming ever more affordable – particularly since electric vehicles can fuel up at one-half to one-quarter the cost of gas."

Californians seem to have this necessary common sense, as sales of electric vehicles there are rapidly rising.  In the Bay Area alone, there are now over 10,000 plug-in vehicles.  That figure is expected to approach 100,000 by 2020.

Kinsey and Lowenthal add:

"Electric vehicles are also promising for California’s economy, representing a new part of the emerging clean-energy industries that will provide the jobs of the future."

"But we Californians wouldn’t be gaining all of these benefits – for our environment and our economy – were it not for our state’s far-sighted policies."

And without a doubt, California has the most far-sighted clean-energy policies of any state in the nation.  So, it's common sense to buy electric now, but only because California had the foresight to know that electrics had to be in its future decades ago.

Source: Capitol Weekly

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