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Getty Over the last year, as has dithered over the college crisis, it has become increasingly that solutions to high costs will come state governments like and Delaware. not Washington, D.C. But is only one of many problems the country. For another one — gas prices — the solution may from California.

For years, gas have fluctuated wildly, from relatively-bearable lows to highs. The wider adoption of one popular solution, electric has been severely hampered by a few key high sticker prices, batteries, and a limited number of stations. The first two problems are and largely technical issues: The for an electric car currently cost or more, which keeps retail prices high.

Analysts predict that will drop by half the next seven years a prediction that is promising, but not all useful right now.

And there’s the charging station Currently, the number of stations in state ranges wildly, Wyoming, which has one, to which has 1,417. Given charging stations are a prerequisite for vehicles, it’s not surprising the Golden State currently the country in electric cars, Big Wyoming. doesn’t.

However, aren’t resting on their A law recently by the Palo Alto council requires that new home must be electric car On the surface, this isn’t all impressive: After all, chargers hook into a 220-volt line, which is the same kind of outlet a clothes washer uses. The cost to install one in the garage of a under construction is about on the other hand, the cost of a house to install one later run you about five times as

On a broader scale, however, the and impacts of the new law are less important what it signifies: an expectation electric cars are here to And it’s only one of several that California has enacted to electric vehicles. As Wired noted, the state is laying the to include charging platforms in the areas of apartment houses and buildings, setting up initiatives to low-income drivers to trade in gas cars, and allowing EV drivers to use lanes, regardless of the number of

And all of this is aimed at a definite end By 2025, California hopes to 1.5 million EVs on the road.

EVs aren’t the only nod toward sustainable it has also become a leader in Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE ), which is making the commercially-available renewable natural gas fuel, is doing so in California. The named Redeem, is distilled landfill gas and, according to the can lead to a 90 percent reduction in when it is used to replace or gasoline.

This year, Clean Fuels plans to have 35 in California, with a longer goal of expanding to 400 across the

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When it comes to sustainable in America, a new day is indeed dawning but this time, the sun is coming up in the

By Michael Zak | AOL Autos

A recent study looked at the 25 largest areas in the United States to see median-income households in those areas can afford to purchase a new the average price of which was in 2012, according to TrueCar. The found that in only one can residents actually afford a car this sticker price Washington, D.C.

Households with an average in Washington, D.C. can afford a of up to $628, which would for purchase of a $31,940 vehicle. The closest city, San Francisco, can afford $537 per month, to a $26,786.

While it’s not that Americans like to buy that they can’t the data is a little surprising how many great cars are out there for well under Solid hybrids, CUVs, and sports cars can all be had for less this.

We’ve racked our and come up with 5 of the best that are cheaper than the car’s purchase price. are affordable, versatile, fun and fuel Of course, there are some in this price range, as so we’ve included 5 vehicles we you should avoid.

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