Plug-in Hybrids Spark Questions

Texans are asking questions about the emissions and payback on shifting to PHEVs.

Published: 09-Feb-2009

Texas politicians are offering to put up to $5,000 in your pocket if you join the first wave of buyers of new-generation plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Plug-ins will be green indeed, getting the equivalent of more than 100 miles per gallon and emitting just a whiff of a conventional car's pollution. But they'll cost a lot of green, too – about $40,000 for one of the first in the showroom, Chevrolet's Volt, due out late next year.

Although plug-ins have been in development for years, by a stroke of unlucky timing, they're headed for the market at a time when even regular vehicle sales are stalled.

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