When Southern Oregon gets its first all-electric cars later this year, Lithia Motors Chairman and CEO Sid DeBoer and his wife, Karen, will be first in the drivers seats.
One of the nation's top auto retailers, DeBoer put a deposit down on two 2011 Nissan Leafs, though he won't be receiving an advanced delivery or dealer discount.
Between 50,000 and 60,000 of the cars are being produced. Owners will need special outlets installed in their garages — or places of business — to charge their batteries for up to eight hours.
DeBoer said he plans to commute in his Leaf from his Ashland home to his job in Medford. "I may put in a charging station at work so I can run around town," he said. "Just like a cell phone, the battery doesn't last all day."
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