Public Power Leading Charge for Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles would combine today's new gas-electric hybrid technology with larger batteries that could provide an all-electric operating range of 25 to 35 miles or more. The result is an 80+ mile-per-gallon vehicle.

Published: 31-Jan-2006

Last week, a dozen cities, over 100 public power utilities, businesses and a host of national policy groups kicked off a nationwide campaign to urge automakers to accelerate development of plug-in hybrid vehicles. The "Plug-In Partners" campaign is hoping to demonstrate a large market potential so that automakers will start producing plug-in vehicles.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) would combine today's new gas-electric hybrid technology with larger batteries that could provide an all-electric operating range of 25 to 35 miles or more. The result is an 80+ mile-per-gallon vehicle.

Plug-ins could be recharged by plugging into a standard wall socket, delivering "electric" gallons of gas for about $0.75-$1.00 per gallon. Experts estimate there is sufficient generation in place and available at night to charge up to one-third of all vehicles in America, if they were plug-ins.

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