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PHEV: Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles differ from traditional electric hybrid cars in one major way: their main source of power is electricity generated from the grid, which the cars get by plugging in – just like any other appliance. This type of car still has a conventional gas engine for back-up, but will use electric power first, before relying on gas. Initially, most plug-in hybrids will be able to travel 20-60 miles before switching over to gas power. That means that commuters who drive to and from work, with a few errands along the way, can recharge every night and almost never use gas.

PHEVs can literally plug in to a 110-volt outlet. If you get your power from a clean energy source, like wind or solar energy, you will have the smallest carbon footprint possible for today’s driver. Even if the energy at your home still comes from less clean sources, the amount of pollution it takes to charge the plug-in hybrid is less than it takes to fill your gas tank. Also, running on electricity reduces your car’s emissions. No longer will we measure fuel efficiency in miles per gallon (mpg). When plugin electric cars go mainstream, you will boast about your cost per mile (cpm).

2010 PHEVS



Who’s making them?

Plug-in hybrids are poised to revolutionize the way we drive and consume fuel. Automakers are racing to be the first to introduce a mass-produced plug-in car. Here is a quick run-down of the contenders:

  • Toyota. Toyota wants to put a plug-in version of the Prius on the road by 2010. It appears this will happen in 2012.
  • GM. Chevy is already marketing the Volt, the plugin car they hope to have for sale by 2010. They got it done but don't expect to find many until 2012.
  • Ford. The American carmaker is most likely to release a plug-in SUV or pick-up, possibly a Ford Escape. Update - the plug-in Focus may be the answer.
  • BYD (China).BYD is China’s largest battery company and they have developed several plug-in hybrids that could be on Chinese roads as early as this year, with sales moving to Europe and possibly the U.S. by 2010.
  • Fisker. The new-comer on the American car scene is developing a luxury plug-in sports car.
  • Aptera. This motorcycle manufacturer is getting in on the game by developing a tiny two-seater plug-in vehicle.
  • Volkswagen. Thanks to some cash from the German government, VW is planning on a plug-in version of the Golf to hit the streets in 2010 or 2011.


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