Plug-In Your Car For A Cleaner Future

Electric hybrid cars hold promise of slashing greenhouse gases

Published: 21-Jul-2007

Only a handful of plug-in hybrid electric cars are driving around the Bay Area today. But the vehicles -- with fuel economy that can exceed 100 miles per gallon -- could play a crucial role in fighting global warming and America's addiction to foreign oil.

A study released Thursday by the Palo Alto-based Electric Power Research Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council confirmed what advocates of plug-in vehicles had long suspected: Hybrid electric cars, if widely adopted in the United States, would yield huge reductions in greenhouse gases over today's fleet of gas-fueled cars and hybrid vehicles.

"The studies finally give an environmental stamp of approval" to plug-in vehicles, said Felix Kramer, founder of CalCars.org, which promotes electric hybrids. "Scientist have confirmed that unlike gasoline cars, plug-ins will get cleaner as they get older -- because our power grid is getting cleaner."

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