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About the author: Don Anair is a senior engineer with expertise on diesel, hybrid and battery electric vehicle, and goods movement technologies and the policies needed to turn them into real solutions for U.S. oil dependence, air pollution and global warming. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering. See Don's full bio.

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  • Joanna Clark

    A big step forward would be to lower the speed-limit to 35 mph across the state in residential and commercial-business areas to allow for the operation of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV).

    NEVs are far less expensive than a Nisson Leaf, Toyota RAV4EV, Transit Connect EV, Ford EV, etc. NEVs are fun to drive and are useful for runs to the grocery store or about town shopping. Furthermore, businesses are quick to realize that NEV drivers tend to buy local, so they are more willing to install recharging stations in their parking lots, as demonstration by the success of Lincoln, California’s adoption of NEV friendly streets. See

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