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Angie's List: Analyzing electric vehicles

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(WKOW) -- Despite current low gas prices, the demand for electric vehicles may surge soon as manufacturers prepare to debut new, affordable models that can go as many as 200 miles between chargings. 

Tesla and Chevrolet are promising new EVs in the $30,000 range in the coming months.  That price tag is the same of the average, new gas-powered car too. 

Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks, warns if you decide to pull the plug on your gas guzzler, you may need a new plug at home.  "You want to make sure you have the proper outlet at your home or outside your garage so you can charge it. A lot of times people will use a 120-volt outlet, but you really would want a 240-volt. It's going to take less time to charge your car," says Hicks. 

Your home electric bill will rise with an electric car, but Angie says to check with your utility provider on a discounted rate if you use off-peak hours to charge your car.  You can also receive up to $7500 in federal tax credits when you buy an alternative fuel vehicle. 

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