Coming to a showroom near you: a $30,000 all-electric sedan with a top speed of 80mph and a range of 120 miles per charge. Why the low price? It’s made in China, with cheap labor and advanced lithium ion batteries that came out of government-funded research.

There’s competition:

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Phoenix Motors has a four-door utility truck with similar performance capabilities that it’s planning on selling to the public around the same time. And Tesla Motors, makers of the $100,000 all-electric Tesla Roadster which is expected to enter limited production by the end of the year, has plans to enter the sedan market next.

Someday I’ll tell my kids that I ran my car by driving it to a huge pump and spraying expensive, flammable liquid into it. They’ll roll their eyes.

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(via GroovyGreen)