California Senator Pushes Alternative Vehicles

Bob Filner seeks to develop alternative fuel vehicle industry in San Diego area.

Published: 18-Feb-2003

ONG>SAN DIEGO -- A local legislator wants to encourage energy independence and boost the local economy by developing alternative-fuel technology here in San Diego.

L3 EnigmaCongressman Bob Filner held an event Monday to promote a bill that would provide tax credits to companies producing alternative fuel cars. One example shown off at the event was the L3 Enigma (pictured, left), a hybrid electric car with a range of 600 miles. Jim Burns, a professor at San Diego State University and the car's designer, said San Diego is ideal for inventors.

Burns said the Enigma gets 80 miles to a gallon of fuel and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 7 seconds. Filner said he hopes alternative-fuel vehicles will wean Americans from their dependence on big automakers and foreign oil.

"What we're trying to do is break the monopoly that these guys have," Filner said. "They're gouging us because we have no choice."

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