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The California Electric Car Push

California’s big push for cars to go electric. As the Gulf mess grows, we look at what it takes to get off oil.

A small electric car passes other electric vehicles parked at a rally in support of electric vehicles outside the California Environmental Protection Agency in Sacramento, Calif. (AP)

The oil keeps gushing in the Gulf of Mexico. The race is on, we’re told, to stop it. 

But there’s a bigger race, too:  to get off oil. It’s hard to do that when the gas station is the number one fueling point in the country. 

Electric vehicles could swing a big move to alternative energy. California is placing a big bet on the electric car future. 

Plowing in infrastructure – thousands of charging stations – to charge up the car while your at the movies, out to eat, out shopping.  It’s a get real effort on the alternative energy front.  

This Hour, On Point: After gas stations.  The electric car lessons out of California.

Guests:

Darren Samuelsohn, senior energy and environment reporter for Politico.

Anthony Eggert, California Energy Commissioner. He’s the former associate research director at the University of California, Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.

Matt Mattila, runs the Rocky Mountain Institute’s “Project Get Ready,” which works with cities and regions to prepare infrastructure for electric cars.

Paul Scott, vice president of “Plug In America,” and president of the Electric Vehicle Association of Southern California.

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