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Continued: Twin Cities electric-car owners are putting the brakes on gas

  • Article by: BEENA RAGHAVENDRAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 24, 2014 - 10:29 PM

“You can actually travel right now coast to coast for free driving a Tesla,” he said.

Otto now spends $40 to charge his car in off-peak hours, vs. the $450 a month he used to spend on gas. He held up a car battery the size of a pinkie finger, 7,000 of which are under the car.

He has computerized his car to charge automatically at 8 p.m., giving him a full tank every morning. At about noon on Tuesday, Otto’s car was 81 percent charged.

Owners also noted that the tax breaks from $2,500 to $7,500, depending on battery costs and weight, can help offset prices.

“Over a 10-year window, this is actually very, very competitive with an ordinary car that is not a high-performance car,” Otto said.

 

Beena Raghavendran • 612-673-4649

 

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