With the current national focus on environment and high fuel prices, it makes me proud to live and work in the Puget Sound area, which leads other regions in our country when it comes to supporting alternative forms of transportation.
While many automakers have created new products and technologies that increase fuel efficiency, decrease transportation emissions and use recycled materials when applicable, it is obvious that electric vehicles are another great option for our region. Our community agencies and environmental groups should be commended for their ongoing efforts to make this alternative option a reality.
Aside from being a sustainable transportation option, electric vehicles also benefit our local economy: Washington State has received federal stimulus funds to install fast-charging public stations, as well as funding for residential and commercial charging stations. This provides job opportunities to our local, highly skilled, professional electricians and electrical contractors.
Ford Motor Company recently named Seattle as one of the 25 most electric vehicle-ready cities in the United States. Among the reasons cited for this ranking:
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