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From A to B: The Promise and Reality of Electric Cars

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Ron Ball loves his new Chevy Volt, but he's had trouble finding a place to charge it.
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Ron Ball loves his new Chevy Volt, but he's had trouble finding a place to charge it.

Virginia resident Ron Ball was as excited as could be about buying a brand-new, all-electric Chevy Volt. But after he drove it home from the lot, he began running into some unexpected problems. Where to charge the car? And how to install a charging station at his condo? Transportation reporter David Schultz talks with Ball about the ups and downs of being an early adopter of new technology.

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