Cities Joining Forces to Encourage Development of Plug-in Hybrids
Austin, Texas, will lead a nationwide partnership that will lobby carmakers to build a new green vehicle -- plug-in hybrids, MSNBC.com has learned. In return, cities in the coalition are prepared to commit to buying the cars -- Austin alone 600 of them.
The vehicles take gasoline-electric hybrids to another level, allowing drivers to plug them in for a few hours to charge the batteries and then drive solely on electric power for up to 60 miles.
Around a dozen cities and dozens of public utilities are set to announce the partnership Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
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