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Bills boost support for electric cars

Associated Press / May 28, 2010

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WASHINGTON — The federal government would provide grants to help cities build the infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles and to offer new tax credits for buyers of those cars under legislation introduced yesterday in Congress.

The bills in the House and Senate are designed to smooth the way for the electric vehicles expected to start showing up at car dealerships in large numbers this fall. Supporters hope to add 700,000 vehicles to the road that are powered largely by electricity in the next several years.

Most electric vehicles rely on batteries rather than gasoline engines for power.