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.


Earth Policy Institute's Lester Brown offers another way to fuel the cars of the future that doesn't require a switch to natural gas.

Despite Toyota's disapproval of the $500 deposit on future plug-in Prius, one dealer plans to continue accepting them.

Chrysler circulating plug-in hybrid prototypes to dealers more advanced than earlier models. Pictured is the Chrysler EcoVoyager, in one of a trio of electric-drive concept vehicles it debuted at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.


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