August 27, 2008 1:43 PM
Electric cars blast through gridlockJust when downtown Denver traffic - foot traffic and cars - locked up this afternoon, a tiny all electric vehicle pulled up. The ride was free, quiet, and fast. The driver hit 40 miles per hour on Wazee just as a lane opened up.
AC Propulsion, of San Dimas, CA, has about 10 cars on the road this week. This Toyota Scion XB has an electric motor that plugs in anywhere, really.
"We're just here to raise awareness," says Owen Emry, an engineer with AC who's graciously driving people around town. The car will travel about 120 miles before it needs recharging. And that 40 mph is nothing compared to the 102 it will hit on the open road, Emry said.