Electric cars spark Utahns' interest

Published: Tuesday, June 15 2010 9:59 p.m. MDT

"By 2015, 10 percent of the market will be driving electric cars," Hopkins said.

For now, the Leaf will be a vehicle only for commuters, since there aren't enough electric stations across the United States for a road trip. Eventually, there will be electric charging stations everywhere, Hopkins said. And the outlets will improve beyond the standard 110-volt house outlet, which charges the Leaf in eight hours, he said.

A Nissan contractor will install power outlets in houses with a 220-volt outlet, and the Leaf will charge in less than four hours. In the works is a 480-volt outlet that will charge the car in 28 minutes.

Hopkins put himself on the waiting list for the Leaf.

"It's not just no gas," he said. "It's no oil. No spark plugs. No transmission. None of that. It's breaks and tires."

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