Oct. 17, 2006: Los Angeles Daily News

To ensure the survival of 74 electric cars, advocates are pushing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to sell its electric RAV4s to the public instead of returning the leased vehicles to Toyota.

While some DWP officials have balked at getting into used-car sales, a Colorado activist plans to offer $1.85 million for all the electric vehicles if the utility can make a deal with Toyota.

"Any cars the public owns and uses are much more likely to be used to educate the public on the benefits of electric cars," said Paul Scott, a founder of Plug In America and DontCrush.com, which is dedicated to preserving the few remaining electric vehicles on the road. "It’s more important from a political and awareness viewpoint that these cars stay in the public’s hands."

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