December 4, 2009 in Business

Spokane-developed electric car catches Leno’s eye

By The Spokesman-Review
Dan Pelle photo

In this file photo, Rick Woodbury, center left, lets Gonzaga Prep student Cameron Dolsby, 14, sit behind the wheel of Woodbury’s electric car called the Tango during a visit to the school on Sept. 26, 2008.
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Spokane car designer Rick Woodbury recently spent time with car aficionado Jay Leno at the entertainer’s garage in Burbank, Calif.

There Leno recorded a video showcasing the sporty electric-powered Tango, developed and produced by Woodbury’s company, Commuter Cars.

The six-minute video shows Leno talking about battery power, the Tango’s impressive speed and the car’s appeal to “lane-splitters.” Incidentally, the car in this video was sold by Woodbury to Sergey Brin, one of the founders of Google. The Tango costs about $140,000.

Watch the video.

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