Rising gas prices increase appeal for electric cars

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

kvue.com

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM

SPOKANE, Washington -- As the pain at the pump continues for many, the appeal of an electric vehicle is growing.  One Spokane man has virtually eliminated visits to the gas station since he bought a new car.

Robert Hadley bought a Chevy Volt back in December, but it wasn’t until July that he had to fill up his gas tank for the first time.
 
His 2012 model Volt doesn’t need a key and can be unlocked just by pushing a button outside.  It also has an all-digital interior, but it’s the savings that’s really sold Hadley.

He spends $3 a week to charge the car.

There is generally more of an upfront expense when owning an electric car.  Hadley said he’s only paying $15 more a month compared to his previous car.

It’s been 10 months and Hadley has used less than 10 gallons of gas.  He says depending on the weather, he gets 35 to 50 gallons before the battery goes out.

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