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June 18 -- Tesla's repayment of a Department of Energy loan nine years ahead of schedule is welcome news and another indication that use of electric vehicles is growing -- both here and around the globe. Domestic sales of these automobiles tripled between 2011 and 2012, with more than 100,000 sold. Hybrid and plug-in vehicles accounted for almost 4 percent of total new car purchases in the United States. The International Energy Agency projects that, worldwide, there could be 20 million electric vehicles on the road by 2020. This is great progress. But there is more work to do to assure that EVs are part of our clean energy future -- and many reasons why we need to succeed. >>View Article

 

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