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Wheel Thing: Rethinking the world of electric vehicles




An electric car rechrages its battery from a stand at the parking of Better Place, a electric vehicle services provider, in Glilot north of Tel Aviv on January 17, 2011.
An electric car rechrages its battery from a stand at the parking of Better Place, a electric vehicle services provider, in Glilot north of Tel Aviv on January 17, 2011.
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Electric cars are being hailed as a great, sustainable alternative to gas-powered vehicles. 

There are plenty of options these days, from the peppy little Fiat to the pricy Tesla. But are passengers cars really the right place to be focusing on electric alternatives? 

Maybe not. We might do better to focus on bigger vehicles, like trash trucks. OC Register auto critic Susan Carpenter explains more on this edition of the Wheel Thing. 

The Wheel Thing is our regular segment about the things that move us. To hear this week's installment, click on the blue audio player above.