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PICTURES: Electric Vehicles Ready for a Joyride


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President Obama is making good on his promise to reward communities that make it easier for people to drive electric vehicles. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a plan on Tuesday to award $5 million to cities that make plans to "deploy electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and charging stations."

The incentive, along with a new effort between the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Google to map EV charging stations nationwide, could boost the number of electric vehicles on U.S. streets. Here's look at some electric vehicles, both existing and conceptual, that could show up on a road near you:


Chevrolet Volt

General Motors officially launched the world’s first electric vehicle with extended-range capability on November 30. Environmental Protection Agency estimates say the 2011 Volt can run for 35 miles on electric power before switching to its gasoline engine.

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