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When I took home my new Tesla Model S last June, I learned what it meant to be a celebrity. Not me, mind you, my car.

Long-lost friends emailed me, complete strangers high-fived me, and I started writing myself reminders to “give so-and-so a ride in the Model S.”

Driving this sleek sedan is a privilege I don’t take for granted. And thanks in large part to California’s visionary energy and vehicle standards, the Model S — which travels up to 300 miles per charge, with minimal impact on our air and climate — offers a glimpse of our automotive future. While it’s a premium-priced car, future models will be increasingly accessible. Our state can be a mecca for this job-creating new e-vehicle industry.

Read the full piece at MercuryNews.com