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Andrea Chalupa

Andrea Chalupa

Posted March 24, 2009 | 06:04 PM (EST)

How California is Leading the Charge on Electric Cars


The only thing I don't miss about living in California is having to drive. Driving creates all kinds of problems for our environment and profits for bad guys who drag us into war for oil. (Plus I love zoning out on the subway in NYC!) Depending on where you live, driving is a necessity.

Luckily, forward-thinking California is leading the charge on electrical cars. There's no better way to stick it to global warming and the Bushies than driving a car that doesn't rely on fossil fuel.

California-based Tesla Motors will unveil this week its Model S, a luxury sedan, for $50,000--half the price of its Roadster. Fifty G's is still expensive, but hey, if they keep chipping away at the sticker price they inch e-vehicles closer to mass-market adoption.

Credit unions in Northern California are helping out. WalletPop's Aaron Crowe breaks down the numbers on Bay Area credit unions offering manageable, downturn-friendly loans for consumers who want to purchase an electric set of wheels.

We're getting there, people! This isn't the "one giant leap for mankind;" that will come with the help of legislation, like carbon caps, which California also pioneered. So my question is, why bailout the auto industry when that money should go to relieving the budgetary woes of a state that's going to help save us from our necessary evils, like driving as we know it?