Electric Car Charging Not Allowed

Converted electric car owner not permitted to recharge his vehicle at county expense, or his own.

Published: 17-Jul-2010

MERCED, Calif. -- Cruising down the highway it looks like a sports car. You have to get inside Mark Bush's car to see it's no ordinary vehicle. "That's the sound of the future." He says, over the hum of the motor.

It's powered by a one hundred horsepower electric engine that runs on batteries. "It's a lot less expensive to run and it doesn't pollute."

Mark decided he wanted an electric car a couple of years ago, but couldn't find one. General Motors, and Ford briefly made electric cars and pickups a decade ago, but pulled them off the market and scrapped most of them. Tesla does make a $100 thousand roadster, but Mark couldn't afford one. "I didn't want to mortgage my house to buy an electric car."


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