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Alaska pays more than $6 a gallon, becoming the second-most-expensive state overall for gas prices after Hawaii and California.

The fact that Alaska is one of the country’s biggest oil-producing states, doesn’t appear to be helping with gas prices. Bethel is the town with the four most-expensive stations in Alaska, among which Nicholson’s Auto or Northstar Gas with $6.34 a gallon, followed by Quick Food Center, and $6.13 in Crowley.

Lacey Plache, the chief economist for Edmunds.com, declared that barriers are still too high for widespread adoption of electric vehicles, one problem being the fact that there still isn’t a lot of choice when it comes to electrics and plug-in hybrids. From the at least nine electric and plug-in vehicles, which are expected to become available in 2012, only Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt are widely available.

“There are over 100,000 gas stations in this country, but only 2,600 EV charging stations, of which more than 300 are private,” Plache said. “Charging a vehicle only at home at night is insufficient for some consumers’ driving habits; other consumers are simply plagued by range anxiety and do not want to risk being stranded.”