Americans to Get More Plug-In Car Options
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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Prius Plug-in will launch initially in 15 states in the USA starting the Spring of 2012.
The HyPower system offers an average of 1,500 gallons in fuel savings and 13.37 metric tons of CO2 reductions per truck per year.
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