Still Crazy Over Electric Cars

Driving an electric car in California these days feels a bit sinful, like eating a Big Mac in London during a mad cow scare.

Published: 29-Mar-2001

SAN LEANDRO, California -- Driving an electric car in California during a power crisis feels a bit sinful, like eating a Big Mac in London during a mad cow scare.

After all, there's no juice here, as everyone knows. Tuesday marked another day of rolling blackouts, and millions of people all over the state are routinely in danger of losing power.

But here at San Leandro Honda, a dealership just across the bay from San Francisco, they're doing a brisk business selling the Honda Insight, a "hybrid electric" vehicle that uses a small gasoline motor to charge its electric engine.

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