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Professor Says Electric Cars "Way of the Future"

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Durand says last week's Charlottesville City Council vote that's paving the way for car charging stations will speed up the process. Durand says last week's Charlottesville City Council vote that's paving the way for car charging stations will speed up the process.

University of Virginia professor James Durand, who teaches students how to build electric cars, says those alternatively fueled vehicles are not far from becoming mainstream.

He also says last week's Charlottesville City Council vote that's paving the way for car charging stations will speed up the process.

Durand heads up a program called Ride Forward where UVA engineering students convert cars that run on gasoline to using only battery power. He says it's the way of the future, but with one caveat.

"Prices have to come down a little bit," said Durand. "Electric vehicles are expensive, and that's actually one of the things we're doing research on here is how to do that."

Durand says we will probably see fleet vehicles make the switch first since they generally return to the same spot each night, which makes them easier to charge.

Reported by Derick Waller
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