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California Prepares for Influx of Electric Vehicles

While electric vehicles are still a relative rarity in California, efforts are already under way to prepare for a future when a lot more people will be relying on the grid to "fuel up." And a new report published this month by Pike Research indicates that future could be just around the corner. The report forecasts that California will be the largest market in the United States for light-duty plug-in electric vehicles, or PEVs, which includes plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles. It predicts sales in the state will grow from about 14,400 in 2011 to 366,000 by the end of 2017. The state of New York, by comparison, will be the next-biggest market, with projected cumulative PEV sales of about 146,000 at the end of 2017.

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