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Electric Cars Becoming More Popular at Yakima Dealership

YAKIMA, Wash.  --  High gas prices are about to get higher, as Washington's gas tax is set to go up three cents on Saturday.

The increase is part of the legislature's plan to raise gas taxes by 9.5 cents.  The transportation department says it'll spend the extra revenue on highway, ferry and bridge projects.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Washington Tuesday was $3.05.  In Yakima, it's averaging $3.02.

Those high prices are making alternative energy sources more and more attractive.  Consumers interested in saving at the pump are driving sales of hybrids, and there's even a car you can buy in Yakima that doesn't take a drop of gas.

The cars run off of a battery that takes about eight hours to charge.  They're street-legal, and will get you about 30 miles before it needs a re-charge.

The cars start at about $7,000.  Different models seat between two and six people, and there's even a small pick-up truck available.