ANCHOR LEAD: Believe it or not electric cars have been around since the late 19th century. As Americans push to save money at the pumps and reduce the amount of pollution coming from gas powered cars, the U.S. is offering tax breaks to make it easier on our wallets. Bobbi Owens has more. (:58)
SCRIPT: Zero to Sixty, I'm Bobbi Owens. With the U.S. experiencing record high gas prices at the pumps, many Americans are turning to hybrids. But how affordable are they? James Bell is Head of Consumer Affairs for General Motors. James, can the average car buyer afford an electric car?
CUT: (Bell) First off is a series of tax incentives that are available, both from the Federal government and your local state government. In the case of Illinois, it's four-thousand dollars. In the case of Colorado, six-thousand dollars. This is in conjunction to what the Federal government's offering for every citizen across the country of seventy-five hundred dollars. So you're now taking possibly a forty-thousand dollar car, well under twenty-eight thousand dollars.
SCRIPT: Do they get good mileage?
CUT: (Bell) The average American drives twenty-eight miles per day. The Chevrolet Volt gets thirty miles of range before the gasoline engine even kicks on. So when you really think about what you're needing to use a car for, what your family is up to, you're going to find the range on these electric cars is going to do more than enough.
SCRIPT: For more, visit gm-dot-com. That's Zero to Sixty from General Motors. I'm Bobbi Owens.
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