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Americans to Get More Plug-In Car Options

Besides Chevy Volt, more plug-in hybrids coming from Honda, Toyota and Ford.

Published: 17-Jan-2012

DETROIT — Besides feeding the dog and washing the dishes, families may have to get used to one more daily chore: plugging in the car. Some of the most popular family cars soon will be available as plug-in hybrids for several miles of electric-only driving.

Ford and Honda both announced last week at the North American International Auto Show that the coming new models of their midsize Fusion and Accord sedans respectively, will offer a plug-in option. Toyota showed a plug-in Prius hybrid concept and will start selling a production version later this year.

Until now, plug-in electric technology has shown up only in pricey specialty models such as the all-electric Nissan Leaf and the electric Chevrolet Volt, which has a backup gas engine. With combined sales of fewer than 20,000 last year, they are more specialty than mainstream cars.

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