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Electric cars sounding even better due to oil spill

Posted by Elizabeth Stewart - email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Some people say we are addicted to oil. But Andrew Roddy is one of a few people who has already kicked the habit.

Extremely silent, smooth, very fast. Don't confuse his sporty white car with others that may look just like it. It's almost one of a kind, fully converted to run solely on electric power. He bought it three years ago, and says he has barely driven gas powered cars or visited a gas station since.

"This car has no emissions, I can charge it up in 2.5 hours. I can drive 120 miles on a charge, and it costs me less than two dollars."

It wasn't cheap, costing about $55,000 for the conversion, but Roddy says it's been worth every penny.

He first caught the electric car bug at a convention way back in 1997. Back then, the electric car movement had little momentum. But he says the gulf oil spill is a perfect example of why it's time we need to make a switch to electric power from gasoline. Over time, it has become more of a liability than an asset.

We see that in the Gulf, where we are actually suffering because of the Petroleum industry. "Like a lot of people, I was skeptical of an electric, highway ready car. But Andrew put me behind the wheel. And my skepticism disappeared."

Roddy expects more people to buy electric cars with the market expanding and prices dropping this year. And if people weren't motivated to find a better motor before, the oil spill should make a lot of us think twice about electric cars.

"In large part, yes, because of the environment, because I believe in the new technology. I believe we all work for a higher standard of living and that living has always been supported by high technology."

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