San Diego Utility Rolls Out its First Electric Hybrids

Electric cars are making a comeback as more consumers are looking for better technology to help the environment.

Published: 20-Jul-2007

Maybe the electric car isn't dead after all.

Nearly four years after General Motors canceled its pioneering EV-1 program, pilot projects and commercial production of electric vehicles are gearing up in San Diego County and beyond.
 
The latest electric cars plug into conventional power outlets. Some of them – including two that will be unveiled today in San Diego – can travel farther than their ill-fated predecessors because they have back-up gasoline engines.

Boosters said the cars, called plug-in vehicles, can get 100 miles per gallon and recharge on about the same amount of energy it takes to run a hair dryer for five hours.

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Top speed for the AC is 45 mph and the company claims a 50 per cent boost in mid-range torque too, helping with hill climbs. The new car is also able to travel up to 48 miles between re-charge.

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