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By answering this short quiz, you’ll figure out which plug-in electric vehicles are best for your needs. Then, use our EV Guide to check out cars, calculate how much you’ll save in CO2 and fueling costs, and learn about EV incentives in your area. Get the latest EV news on our blog and learn about our Go Electric campaign.

 

How Far Can We Go?

Electric cars are no longer oddities. Now carmakers are working to make them ubiquitous.

BY REED MCMANUS
Senior editor, Sierra magazine

George Crabtree runs what might be called the Manhattan Project for advanced electric-car batteries. Which isn’t hard to imagine, since his Joint Center for Energy Storage Research is based at the U.S. Department of Energy’s sprawling Argonne National Laboratory campus, outside Chicago, one of the sites where research on nuclear reactors continued after World War II. Crabtree’s $120 ­million mission seems almost as ambitious.

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