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Rob Neighbour, 53, with his TOYOTA RAV4, and John (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun )

01, 2010 | By Meredith Cohn, The Sun

John Alder’s 1991 GSX 600 Katana motorcycle barely a sound as it pulled out of his driveway That’s because the Catonsville man it to run on electricity.

The front-yard demonstration was of an effort by local electric-vehicle and environmentalists to draw attention to the impact of switching our car-loving to less-polluting options.

I thought electric vehicles be something we’d have by Alder said, explaining why he his bike, at a total cost of $3,500, including the motorcycle. just not happening.

Alder and called on Congress to pass legislation that would the greener technology. The House of has passed a bill, but the effort has in the Senate.

Environment Maryland, of the Monday event, called on senators to urge the leadership to a vote. The group also a report called Charging Curbing Oil Consumption with Cars that outlines the benefits and how the switch would

The report says the current grid could fuel up to 73 of U.S. vehicles without another power plant if the were charged at night or energy was used during the

Brad Heavner, state of the environmental group, noted many carmakers are beginning to out plug-in hybrids or fully cars, including the Nissan Chevy Volt and Toyota Operating costs are likely to be 5 cents a mile, the report

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But more federal backing is to push change faster, said.

The catastrophe of the BP oil spill in the of Mexico is making it more than ever that we to work harder to reduce our on oil, he said. The U.S. must pass a comprehensive warming bill that emissions and invests in clean options, including electric technology.

He was backed by the Maryland League of Voters and the Sierra Club, as as state Dels. James E. Jr. and Steven J. DeBoy Sr. Baltimore Democrats. The lawmakers plan to with homeowners associations on in the next year to allow without garages to use extension to plug in electric cars one of the issues associated with the

Other issues include the high price to buy the vehicles, of a network of charging stations and the of their batteries.

Robert of Laurel, who in January traded in his Fiero that he had converted to power for a manufacturer-produced all-electric RAV4, said such still have speed and limitations. He and Alder said expect that to change as the advances.

But I haven’t bought a of gas since October of last Neighbour said.

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