Common Use of Plug-in Hybrids Still in the Future

Despite the hyperbole, the introduction of PHEVs in numbers significant enough to reduce the amount of gasoline we consume is years away.

Published: 29-Jul-2008

Forgive attendees of Plug-in 2008, the first-ever conference on plug-in hybrids, held this week in San Jose, for being enthusiastic, even ecstatic.

After all, the number of conference participants - 600 - exceeded expectations. Nearly 1,000 paying customers came to the show's only public event. Top-notch industry speakers and panelists took center stage. Here, many of them opined, is a technology that will change the world.

"The 20th century was the century of gasoline and the internal-combustion engine," enthused Elie Saheb, vice president of technology for Hydro-Quebec, Canada's largest utility. "The 21st will be the century of electricity and plug-in hybrids."

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