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National plug-in day

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The focus isn't on your appliances or your smart-phone.  It's on cars!

"This license plate is a play on Got Milk? Got Amps," Rob Lahman shows Eyewitness News the license plate on his electric car.

It took the Carmel resident nearly two years to convert his Honda Civic into an-all electric vehicle,  "I try to be an ambassador for electric vehicles, sustainability and transportation. It has changed our lives."

Rob and his wife Margaret both drive electric cars. Margaret bought her Chevy Volt for $38,000 with a tax break.

"I've driven the car for a year and I've only used 65 gallons of gas. I've gone 11,000 miles," said Margaret Frischkoin.

The couple joined other electric car enthusiasts for Sunday's National Plug-In Day.

Earlier this year, Duke Energy installed a renewable energy plug-in ecosystem at Simon Property Group's Clay Terrace mall for customers looking for a place to "fill-up" on energy for their cars.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard told Eyewitness News he isn't ready to commit to an all-electric-car fleet for his city; but, the electric vehicle charging stations at more and more businesses, are a good start for Carmel.

"Electric is not the sole answer out there. There is better ways to power vehicles using natural gas, hydrogen, and electric," said Mayor Brainard.

An all-electric vehicle, like Rob's, can run 100 miles on one-dollar of electricity.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is moving forward with his plans for the city's fleet to be all electric by 2025.

Indianapolis Power and Light has agreed to donate and install 26-charging stations just for city vehicles.

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