Electric car turns heads in Alex City

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ALEX CITY, AL (WSFA) - A new kind of car is hitting the streets in Alexander City, and dealer Fred Dobbs hopes the trend will take off. "It's just fun," Dobbs said.

What's special about this car is that it's entirely electric. Unlike a hybrid that uses some gas, an electric car uses none. It takes about six hours to get a full charge and has a 25 mile range.

"All you have to do to replenish the battery is just plug  it into a wall outlet," explained Dobbs, who bought the car from a neighbor. Now, the dealership is trying to sell it.

He says it's great for running errands around town or driving around the neighborhood. "Several residential developments on the lake, mainly by Russell lands, are planning on having roadways for electric vehicles or bicycles only."

The car has gotten a lot of lookers. One man said it looked like it would be fun to drive. Dobbs said if there's enough interest he might try to acquire a dealership to sell more.

"The market changes and you have to stay up with the market. This is just another opportunity," Dobbs explained.

The electric car is made by Chrysler and will set you back around $12,000. It's available for two, four, or six passengers and Is street legal on roads where the speed limit is 35 mph or less.

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