Electric Cars Hit SoCal Roadways for Research Project

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Twenty electric cars will hit the roads Wednesday as part of a project to test how alternative fuel vehicles handle commuting and to locate possible benefits for Southland drivers.

The research project -- sponsored by the Automobile Club of Southern California and smart USA -- may determine roadside services for alternative-fuel and electric vehicles, Auto Club CEO Thomas McKenna was quoted as saying in a release.

Smart USA is a Michigan-based distributor of the smart fortwo electric drive car, a State of California Air Resources Board certified low-emissions vehicle. The company plans to lease 250 of the vehicles throughout the nation during 2011.

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