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Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles for a Sustainable Future

UCD-ITS-RP-07-56

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Available online at: 10.1511/2007.64.1021

Suggested Citation:
Frank, Andrew A. (2007) Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles for a Sustainable Future. American Scientist 95 (2), 158 - 165

Hybrid vehicles that can drive about 50 miles on battery power alone could satisfy most people's daily driving requirements without refueling, the car being recharged at night from the electric grid. Building such vehicles does not require any technological breakthroughs, yet very few plug-ins are currently being manufactured. The widespread availability of plug-in hybrid vehicles would be a welcome development, easing pressure on petroleum supplies and fostering energy independence among consumers, who would be that much more inclined to outfit their homes with solar panels or wind turbines to offset their increased use of electric power. Such an evolution could gradually build energy independence and security for society as a whole.