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'IF YOU BUILD THEM, WE WILL BUY,' PUBLIC SAYS OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

 'IF YOU BUILD THEM, WE WILL BUY,' PUBLIC SAYS OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES
 /ADVANCE/ ROSEMEAD, Calif., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Electricity is the clean-air vehicle fuel of choice for most Southern Californians, according to a recent survey commissioned by Southern California Edison.
 Most people also would be willing to pay a little more for emission- free electric vehicles and wait a little longer for electric vehicles to become available, according to the survey conducted by Fairbank, Maullin & Associates. Most respondents said they would use electric vehicles for commuting to work or school.
 Slightly more than half of the 1,000 registered voters responding to the survey said they favor a new California law that requires sales of up to 40,000 electric vehicles per year in the state by 1998. That number rises to 200,000 per year by 2003.
 In addition, about half of the respondents who oppose these requirements said they would change their minds if there were tax breaks attached to purchases of electric vehicles.
 Edison President Michael R. Peevey announced the results of the survey today in remarks delivered to the Electric Transportation Coalition Capitol Hill Seminar. The coalition includes congressional representatives, congressional staff members, and automobile industry and utility managers. In his talk, Peevey summed up the public's response to electric vehicles as, "if you build them, they will buy."
 "The survey rated air quality as a major concern and a majority of survey respondents thought that electric vehicle owners would contribute significantly to improving air quality in the South Coast Air Basin," Peevey added. The South Coast Air Basin includes Los Angeles and surrounding communities and has the nation's most serious air quality problems.
 "Edison is promoting the development of electric vehicles because we believe they'll contribute significantly to better air quality in the basin," Peevey said. "More than two-thirds of our pollution comes from mobile sources, and electric vehicles are 97 percent cleaner than cars and trucks that burn petroleum-based fuels, even considering power plant emissions."
 And electric vehicles will not create a need for costly new power plants. "We estimate that with most electric car batteries charging at night when less power is required for other purposes, the Edison system can accommodate 1.5 million to 2 million cars without building new generating facilities," Peevey said.
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