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Washington Auto Show attendees give emphatic ‘no’ to electric cars [VIDEO]

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      Nicholas Ballasy

      Nicholas Ballasy is the Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller covering Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Jon Stewart, Dave Matthews, Neil Munro, Stevie Wonder, etc. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post and New York Times, among others.

WASHINGTON — As Toyota drops its plans for widespread sales of an all-electric vehicle, The Daily Caller went to the Washington Auto Show to ask attendees if they would buy an electric car.

Despite rising gas prices, most of the people who agreed to go on camera said they would not purchase an electric vehicle at this time.

“I don’t think they’re cost effective. Can’t go far enough,” said one man.

“I don’t like to plug things in,” another told TheDC.

However, some told TheDC that they might consider it in the future.

After over 100 years of electric car research and development, Toyota acknowledged that battery electric cars are not meeting society’s needs.

“Because of its shortcomings — driving range, cost and recharging time — the electric vehicle is not a viable replacement for most conventional cars,” said Vice Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada. “We need something entirely new.”

There are reportedly almost $16 billion in federal loans available for the development of “alternative-technology” vehicles.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu has said it “remains to be seen” if those funds will be distributed.

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