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Reporter s Notebook: Calif. Gas Puzzles Electric Car Drivers

By Shulman

Oct 5, 2012 2:56pm

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LOS ANGELES I ve been driving fuel vehicles now for while. I m on my full-electric car, a 2012 LEAF. I also own a 2004 F-150 pickup truck is 100 percent natural-gas powered. It was to find; mine was originally by a government agency.

I haven t to a gas station in nearly a year. If I do end up at a station, it s to use the rest room or to buy a bar.

I drive my electric car to the ABC News nearly every day. It me about 25-30 cents for the round-trip. My car is fast, sporty, with options and I can even solo in the carpool lane. It all my work gear, seats and best of all; I m not putting any of my in the pockets of Hugo Chavez or the I can drive nearly 100 miles, and I in my garage on a charger that I got for

Every morning, my car is fully and I have never been with an empty battery. I purchased the car, the city my electric rate so I pay almost for power, and the state and federal rebated almost 30 percent of the

When I do need to drive than 100 miles, or if I want to my mountain bike in and go for a ride I my natural gas (CNG) Ford truck. Fuel is as little as a gallon (natural gas equivalent) and I nearly 300 miles before I to fill up. All California CNG vehicles can solo in the carpool lane and are tons of places to refuel in the LA If I want to drive to San Francisco or it s no problem; there are stations to along the way. Yesterday I up for $21.

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With gasoline prices $5 a gallon in my trendy West Los neighborhood and some people that Costco is sold out no at all it s making me and my other alternative friends scratch our heads. gas prices in the state have some station owners to their doors as recent problems and refinery fires are the state s gasoline reserves to hit a low.

We don t get what seems so totally to us. Why even bother to drive a vehicle? Why is it that people do not see is staring them in the face?

s known as range anxiety in the fuel world that of being stranded with a battery or an empty CNG tank is over-rated. Most commuters MUCH LESS than think. For the average American dweller, an electric car is just

People constantly ask me about my Nissan LEAF, and I always them the same advice. If you around 50-60 miles a don t do a lot of highway or mountain driving, it is the perfect car. There are other advantages, like NO scheduled maintenance, and the incredible low of driving.

Unfortunately, the media to cover electric cars as they are glorified golf and natural gas vehicles get almost no When I see my alternative fuel here in Los Angeles, we scratch our and wonder why we still feel we are driving the best-kept secret.

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