The U.S. Has It's First-Ever Electric Gas Station

It's a sign of the future.

In a glimpse of the future, the United States officially has its first-ever full-converted gas-to-electric charging station in Takoma Park, Maryland. 

Depeswar Doley, who converted the gas station, told CNN he understands it is a huge risk. But his daughter apparently convinced him to give it a shot, citing all the environmental benefits of switching over from a regular gas station. Apparently, the high schooler played a big role in giving him the courage to go for it. 

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"It's good for the environment," Doley told CNN. "I'm not doing this just to nickel and dime, thinking about how much money I'm going to make -- no. I know this is a good cause, and this is something new. What I'm doing, maybe it will encourage other businesses owners and encourage the electric car business."

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There are just 20,700 registered electric vehicles in Maryland, but the number of electric vehicles on the road in America is growing. A government grant to Doley helped fund the conversion, and Maryland's Gov. Larry Hogan has said the state hopes to be a leader in clean energy.

"This thing is so new, we don't know what's going to happen," Doley told CNN. "It might flop, or it might work out -- we have no clue at all. We're just crossing our fingers, and in the back of my mind, I know this is something good for the environment

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