By Kate Sheehy
This year's Washington Auto Show is previewing how the future of electric cars could reduce gas dependency in the D.C. area.
The Chevy Volt is one car everyone is talking about.
Britta Gross, director of global energy systems and infrastructure for Chevrolet, says it's a zero emission car that will take you 40 miles on a battery and then switches seamlessly to a gas generator in the car that will get you another 300 miles.
Gross says it will have a major impact on the economy.
"It means that we're taking a big bit out of gasoline dependency if we can get most people in the country over into these electric drive vehicles with extended range like the Chevy Volt," she says.
Gross says the car should hit D.C. auto dealerships by the fall but like any new technology, it will be expensive at first and become more affordable with time.
The Washington Auto Show opens to the public tomorrow and runs through the weekend.