CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Larry Harris of Poca says he is approached often by people curious about his electric car. But he's always happy to talk to them about it.
"Most people don't just let anyone drive their car. I let dozens of people take mine for a ride because I want them to experience it -- and they always fall in love with it," said Harris.
He and several fellow Chevy Volt owners, including Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, gathered Sunday afternoon to show off their electricity-powered cars and talk about alternative energy.
"This country is not friendly to these electric cars. When I travel across the state, they look at you like you're crazy when you ask to plug in your car to charge," Jones said. "They're not used to them yet."
Harris, who founded the state's first Electric Auto Association chapter, said the car will save him thousands. The car allows drivers to choose between electric or gas, and a lithium-ion battery guarantees nearly 40 miles gas-free.
In addition, a gas generator produces electricity so drivers can travel almost 400 miles on a full charge and a full tank of gas.
West Virginia has the best state tax credit for a Volt, which can mean a total write-off of $15,000 for buyers when combined with the federal tax credit.
But Harris says it's not just about the financial savings.