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Seven Democrats debate in South Carolina. And helping kelp forests off the West coast.

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Report: Clean Cars Would Save Millions on Holiday Travel

November 26, 2010

RALEIGH, N.C. - With AAA projecting more than 500,000 North Carolina families traveling this weekend for the Thanksgiving holiday, and spending an estimated $12.4 million on gasoline for their cars, fuel efficiency and alternatives are in the spotlight.

Electric cars have long been talked about, but are now poised to enter the mainstream with Nissan putting out their first all-electric car this fall -- the Leaf. The ad campaign has environmental groups like Environment North Carolina excited over the potential impact on consumer opinion of alternative fuel sources for cars. Locky Stewart, field analyst for ENC explains why electric cars have such potential.

"I think it's fantastic that that's happening because in order for electric cars to have an impact, we need to really get them into consumers' garages."

A separate analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Union of Concerned Scientists found the 60 miles per gallon fuel efficiency standard for cars by 2025 would save North Carolina drivers $3.5 billion at the gas pump in 2030. Steward explains.

"Gas powered engines are really inefficient. Only 13 percent of the energy created by burning gas in an engine goes to moving that car forward, and that creates a lot of global warming pollution."

The Chervrolet Volt, an extended range plug-in electric car, is also launching this year with several more electric cars planned by auto manufacturers by 2012.

Charging stations for electric cars are planned around the state, with Progress energy leading much of the effort. Twenty thousand charging stations are being installed around the country.

Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - NC