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    • Thousands of people attended the 2011 Denver Auto Show.
    • Although most came to see gasoline cars, many stopped by to see some of the electric cars at the DenverAuto Show, including this silver Nissan LEAF.
    • Quite a few not familiar with all-electric cars were dumbfounded by the LEAF’s electric motor.
    • No other cars at the show could compete with the LEAF’s annual estimated fueling costs of $561.
    • Technically, the Nissan LEAF isn’t Zero Emission – but neither is your refrigerator.
    • The LEAF drew many long looks and sparked many questions from Denver Auto Show goers.
    • The LEAF offers multiple charge options, as this dual charging port illustrates.
    • I’d never seen a Nissan LEAF before, much less sat behind the wheel of one 
    • The kids fit easily into the back of the LEAF.
    • It’s not a big panel, but a little solar is better than nothing!
    • Nissan is hoping that by getting the LEAF out early it will draw people away from other automakers (it’sdrawing us away from Honda!)
    • My daughter contemplates whether she likes the Nissan LEAF, as she sits behind the wheel …
    • And she decides, yes, a big thumbs up for the LEAF!
    • Toyota also had a plug-in on display, the plug-in Prius.
    • While the plug-in Prius didn’t seem to draw as many people as the LEAF or the Chevy Volt, it caught theattention of many, including these two men.
    • Will all Priuses be plug-ins in a few years?
    • If you look closely, you can see a big Ford pick-up truck through the window of this Prius plug-in hybrid.
    • GM had four Chevy Volts on hand for the Denver Auto Show, including this one on a revolving stage.
    • A salesperson works to get the crowd excited about the plug-in hybrid electric Chevy Volt.
    • You had to wait in line to get a chance to sit in this Chevy Volt, which drew a big crowd.
    • Yup, I waited  -- and later I got to test drive a Volt outside the Colorado Convention Center.
    • There were no lines to test drive any of these GM cars.
    • Because everyone wanted to drive a Volt – but first they had to drive another GM model!
    • What will the dominant type of vehicle and fuel(s) be when my daughters start driving in 10 years?