Clean cars, clean fuel on display at capitol

When state Rep. Dennis Richardson stepped out of a Tesla Model S, an electric-powered car, he pronounced himself satisfied Wednesday.

“The acceleration is incredible,” the Republican from Central Point said as he stepped onto the Court Street NE side of the Capitol. “It’s faster than a (Pontiac) GTO. It’s really quite a car. I can see why it was named car of the year by Motor Trend.”

It was one of several electric cars on display as part of Clean Cars, Clean Fuels Day at the Capitol.

Lynn Peterson, transportation adviser to Gov. John Kitzhaber, said the standard [low-carbon fuel standard] is essential to enable Oregon to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions by 10 percent by 2020. Margi Hoffman, his energy adviser, said the state’s 10-year energy plan envisions conversion of 20 percent of large fleets from gasoline to alternative fuels.

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