Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The Anatomy of the Plug-In Hybrid

By Jacob Gordon

You wake up in the morning and get ready for work. You go to your car, unplug it from the outlet in the garage (the same one the power drill is plugged into), and off you go. You go to work, stop for groceries on the way back home, pick up your kid, and then go out to dinner, and even though your car is a hybrid, the gasoline engine never goes on. You do your daily driving purely on electricity. The car is almost silent and even though there’s a tailpipe, nothing’s coming out of it. After dinner you decide to go to a movie. Between the restaurant and the theater the electric batteries finally run out of juice so…the regular hybrid system kicks in and you’re back to getting 40 or 50 mpg on gasoline. Until tomorrow.

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