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With a price tag that starts at nearly $70,000, I’m not going to buy a Tesla Model S any time soon, and chances are, neither are you. But if all-electric cars, and variants such as plug-in hybrids, become as common on the road as traffic lights, it will be because of Tesla. The Model S is an electric car that’s turning heads, and changing minds.
Massachusetts, with its embrace of advanced energy and track record of technology leadership, will no doubt be a part of this. Just last month, the Bay State joined with seven other states in a pledge to put 3.3 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025. But Massachusetts will be on the wrong side of the automotive technology curve if the Tesla gets “banned in Boston,” as a bill filed in the state legislature would do.