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Electric cars and charging stations come to Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK - Wouldn't it be nice if you could operate your car for about a dollar a day? That's about what it would cost the average commuter to operate the new Chevy Volt, according to a General Motors spokesperson.

The car will be available for sale in Arkansas later this year.

Craig Eppling, a communications director for GM was at the Clinton Presidential Center Thursday showing off the new Volt, and taking advantage of the new Entergy Arkansas' free public charging station.

Eppling says studies show 78% of Americans drive 40 miles or less during their daily commute, which makes electric cars feasible for most drivers. The Volt also has a range extender engine, which utilizes a small gas engine to charge the battery if it gets low. The extender means the Volt's total range is 370 miles.

Most people would charge their electric cars at home, but if you're on the go and need a charge, you'll be seeing lots more charging stations in the future. Entergy has already installed the station at the presidential center and UAMS, and they're working with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Fayetteville to provide on-campus charging stations.

Eppling says the Volt will have a base price of $41,000, which could be offset by a $7,500 tax credit.

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