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GE Likes EVs, So Should You!

Electric vehicles (EVs) could significantly reduce our dependence on foreign oil. And they can lower the carbon emissions generated by our transportation systems—provided the electricity is generated from clean, renewable sources. But among the impediments to the widespread adoption of EVs is a "chicken-and-egg problem." EVs need to be recharged, and few consumers are going to buy them until there's an effective charging/battery-replacement infrastructure in place. But this infrastructure is unlikely to develop until there are enough EVs on the road to make it profitable for companies to produce those systems. General Electric Co. (GE) is hoping to jump-start the process (if you'll excuse the pun) by purchasing 25,000 electric vehicles.

GE, the largest U.S. conglomerate, aims to swap out half of its fleet of 30,000 cars—used by salespersons and technicians, for instance—with electric vehicles, and to start shifting to EVs customers to whom they lease fleet vehicles. It plans to buy 12,000 vehicles from General Motors Co., including the forthcoming Chevrolet Volt, and from other manufacturers as other electric vehicles are launched. Nissan Motor Co. is rolling out an electric car, called the Leaf, this year. GE said that it hopes the move will speed acceptance of electric vehicles by getting more of them on the road more quickly and by prompting investment in the equipment that users will need to charge them. It is the largest commitment made to date by any buyer of electric vehicles, and the volume could help manufacturers of cars and batteries to drive costs down more quickly.

Wondering if the Chevrolet Volt or the Nissan Leaf electric vehicles are for you? Check out these glowing test-drive reviews. And if you've already got a taste for a car powered by electricity, perhaps you'd like to take a peek inside Chevy's Volt factory.

Today's EVs aren't toys; they're usable, regular vehicles—and you'll be able to go fast enough to nab yourself a ticket for speeding (in addition to other moving violations that don't require high velocities). Fortunately, traffic school can help you to remove costly points from your driving record. If you find yourself in need of comedy online traffic school, CheapestInFlorida.com is always here with entertaining, low-cost traffic safety education.