Why gas prices are up - and may keep rising

"I don't think we have much choice."

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - We found drivers staring in disbelief as the gas prices crept up.  

"I don't think we have much choice. We're held captive by these people and there is not much we can do about it," driver Bob Hildie said. 

If you think the numbers at the pump seems particularly high, you're right. Gas hasn't cost this much since October. 

The average price of a gallon of gas in Riverside County rose 21 of the past 22 days - 7.5 cents more than one week ago and 24.7 cents higher than a month ago. As prices keep pumping up - electric cars look better and better to some drivers. BMW of Palm Springs held an exclusive road test of the pre-released i3 electric car.

"With a  range of 80-100 miles, that's going to get you  home to all the driving you do in a day, then home, without having to stop and refuel or think about how much gas is and gas prices. You can put it all behind you," Dave Buchko said. 

It's yours in may for $41,350.

You're seeing prices soar because of the annual refinery maintenance season. Supplies of winter blend gas drop -- as refineries start production of the more expensive summer blend. 

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