Electric cars get the green light at IMS

Electric vehicles got the green light to go racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Thursday

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Electric vehicles got the green light to go racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Thursday.

The unique "500 mile run" was held all day at the track.

 Indianapolis-based Real Power wanted to prove that an electric vehicle could be driven 500 miles in one day. That's roughly the distance from here to Atlanta.

 Real Power used its charging stations to juice up the cars roughly five times during the challenge.

The company's president said the IMS is the perfect spot to conduct the experiment.

"We are here for the sole purpose of proving technology.  The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a great place to do that.  It's been doing that for 100 years and we are carrying on that tradition today," said John Storm, Real Power President.

Storm said it only takes about 20 minutes for the car to be fully charged and ready to travel 75-80 miles.

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