Americans already drive a variety of plug-in cars that take advantage of a cheaper, cleaner domestic fuel than gasoline, reports Max Baumhefner at Greentechmedia. There is no shortage of materials, such as lithium, needed to make advanced vehicle batteries. In six months, there will be over a dozen models available with the ability to plug-in and drive gas-free. These include pure electric vehicles with ranges well above what the average American drives daily, and plug-in hybrids that use electricity for daily driving and use gas for longer trips. The clean vehicles market will continue to expand, thanks to clean car standards recently adopted in California and proposed national fuel standards. One can now drive right past the gas station and refuel at home, making electricity a viable and cleaner alternative to oil. 29 states already require increasing amounts of renewable generation from resources such as wind and solar. When charged with electricity from such sources, plug-in vehicles operate nearly emissions-free. While the price of gasoline responds to the whims of OPEC, hurricanes, and mideast instability, the price of domestically produced electricity hovers around a dollar-per-gallon-equivalent.
Driving electric, at $1 per gallon gas equivalent, http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/counterpoint-good-news-we-can-drive-on-clean-buck-a-gallon-fuel/