Electric Car Dealership "Valectricar" Opens in Fresno

FRESNO, California They look like souped-up golf carts but are legal to drive on city streets. The Tomberlin Valectricar hits a top speed of 25 miles per hour and can't be driven where the posted speed limit is above 35 miles an hour.

Dealership Manager Mike Robertson said, "These are zero emissions not only saving on fuel costs but also the environment."

Valectricars plug right into an electrical socket. They're powered by six 8-volt batteries. One charge lasts for just over 30 miles.

Robertson said the push to go green is reflected by the interest in neighborhood electric vehicles. "For short commutes, housing developments with golf courses or retail, even schools, elementary schools."

The Fresno County Office of Education bought a pair of four-seat Valectricars for use downtown. Robertson added, "Anywhere you need to be street legal and in a low speed area these fit in."

For those who want a little more muscle, a Shelby version comes with an 18-horsepower engine as well as the familiar racing stripe.

The price of a Valectricar ranges from $8,000.00 to $16,000.00. Robertson says a ten-percent federal tax credit is available with the purchase of a Valectricar.

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