Manitoba Hydro to Test Plug-In Hybrid

Manitoba Hydro will launch a trial program early in the new year on the next step in lowering dependence on oil imports and cutting fossil fuel emissions -- the plug-in hybrid that also uses E85.

Published: 08-Jan-2006

N class=body>ARE you ready for the next hybrid car, that plugs in at night, and runs on electricity and biofuels?

Manitoba Hydro will launch a trial program early in the new year on the next step in lowering dependence on oil imports and cutting fossil fuel emissions -- the plug-in hybrid.

"The problem has always been, and continues to be, you just can't get enough storage in a battery to give hybrid vehicles any range," said Ken Thomas, Manitoba Hydro fleet manager. "So the plug-in hybrid is the perfect combination."

You plug in the engine overnight, just like you do with a block heater, and you've got 40 kilometres worth of driving in your car or truck by morning.

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