Plug-In Hybrids Gaining Support in USA
Hybrid electric/gasoline cars and SUVs whose batteries can be recharged from mains supply are the focus of increasing interest in the US, reports Business Week.
Greg Hanssen, a professor at the University of California Davis has a converted 325 bhp Ford Explorer that goes 50 miles using no petrol at all, then gets 30 mpg. [EV World editor's note: The author of this story has apparently confused Greg Hanssen with Dr. Andy Frank].
Adding more batteries and a plug to hybrids such as the Toyota Prius allows a so-called plug-in hybrid to travel 20-60 miles under electric power alone. "The only time you would have to gas up is when you go out of town," says Felix Kramer, who founded the non-profit California Cars Initiative to promote plug-ins. Run the internal combustion engine on a blend of gasoline and biofuels like ethanol, and it would use almost no oil products at all. "That changes the world," says Frank J. Gaffney Jr., president of the Center for Security Policy.
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Hybrid car would plug into house current to recharge battery pack that would allow the average driver to go more than 250 miles on a gallon of gasoline.
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