Texans Park Their SUV for Neighborhood Electric Vehicle

You know fuel prices are high when this Texas family starts driving a 'golf car.'

Published: 31-Jul-2008

HOUSTON -- In the garage where chiropractor Rick Peters once parked his Dodge pickup, two tiny electric cars now sit back-to-back next to his wife's small SUV.

For trips to work, to run errands or visit friends, Dr. Peters, 43 years old, and his wife, Kris, hop into the munchkin-size cars while their old gas guzzlers gather dust. Admittedly, it's cramped inside the miniautos, which move along city streets at just 25 miles per hour. But the Peterses are converts to their low-speed vehicles.

"It makes so much sense for getting around. We go everywhere in it," says Mrs. Peters, 41.

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