Could electric vehicles replace gas?


Eau Claire (WQOW) — Not that long ago, electric cars seemed like a futuristic idea, but now you can see them zooming down the streets on a regular basis.

On Thursday, people in Eau Claire got to experience what these cars are all about. A variety of electric and hybrid vehicles were taken for test drives at Xcel Energy’s and Wisconsin Clean Cities‘s electric vehicle ride and drive event.

Part of the event was to encourage area businesses to consider electric cars for their fleets. Event officials told News 18 these mostly non-fossil-fuel-using cars should sell themselves because of, what they call, positive impacts.

“E.V.s can be a perfect choice. They’re fun to drive, they’re environmentally friendly, and they can save money,” said Lorrie Lisek, executive director for Wisconsin Clean Cities. “There’s no maintenance with the E.V.s, maybe changing the windshield wipers because there’s no engine if it’s a fully electric vehicle.”

Besides saving some cash on gas and maintenance, Lisek said electric vehicles and hybrids qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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