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Electric Cars Debut In Ohio
People have been standing in line to get a close-up look at two electric cars being displayed at major fairs and shows throughout Ohio.
The state's department of transportation (ODOT) purchased two electric cars last August from the Electric Vehicle Association, Valley View, Ohio. The "Show Stoppers" are converted AMC pacers. They're being used by ODOT for mail runs and deliveries in the Columbus area and will be evaluated for 12 months.
One of the cars is equipped with a standard transmission, the other with an automatic. The former has a unique regenerative breaking system which returns kinetic energy normally lost during the breaking process to the batteries to use as electric power, increasing the car's range between battery charges by about 20%.
The converted Pacer with the automatic transmission is equipped with 18 6-volt batteries and will go about 54 miles before having to recharge the batteries. It takes about 12 hours to recharge the batteries. Operating cost is about 2 1/2 to 3 cents per mile.

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