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Study Demonstrates Economic and Environmental Benefits of Electric Vehicles

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Location: Washington, DC

This afternoon Congresswoman Janice Hahn, one of two Members in Congress to own an electric vehicle, praised the release of a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists detailing the lower emissions and cost savings for owners of electric cars.

"Electric cars save money, save our air and could save our economy," said Rep. Hahn. "Most people understand that electric cars reduce dangerous emissions and free us from our dependence on dirty foreign oil. This study proves that those same cars also save their owners thousands of dollars."

The study, which can be found online here, broke down the nation into 26 grid regions and using current utility rates show that EV owners significantly reduce their global warming emissions while saving $750 - $1,200 per year in fuel costs. The report comes two days after new sales figures show that consumers bought a record number of gas-electric hybrids and all electric cars in March. Chevy set a record in March for sales of its Volt hybrid while sales of the all electric Nissan Leaf doubled.

"The report and the new sales figures are good news but there are still significant challenges to overcome," explained Rep. Hahn. "As an owner of an electric car I know firsthand the difficulty that comes from the lack of charging stations. We must invest in the construction of additional charging stations as well as research into faster and more convenient charging technologies, just as we did for gasoline powered vehicles. These investments will support the growing market for these cars which have a beneficial impact on our environment and national security."

Congresswoman Hahn is the proud owner of a Nissan Leaf.

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