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Friday, 06 February 2009 11:29

Fueling the Move to Plug-In Hybrid Electric Cars

Once the air clears (pun intended) and the whining ends, what you’re likely to increasingly hear is how the big three automakers are rapidly ramping up their Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) research and development.

Make no mistake: the gating item for PHEV’s is battery technology that can provide enough energy for 100-200 miles of driving before a recharge is necessary. Everything else to make the car currently exists: efficient, high-torque motors, variable ratio transmissions, and strong, lightweight composite materials for the body and frame.

Benefits of PHEV’s are patently obvious:

  • Reduce – and in fact nearly eliminate – our dependence on foreign oil.
  • Greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Revitalize the American automobile industry (and companies that support it) when we need it most.
  • Provide thousands of jobs constructing the charging station infrastructure that will be required to support a national PHEV fleet of cars and trucks.
  • The creation of even more jobs to upgrade and expand our nation’s power grid to get all the additional power that will be required to where it’s needed.
  • Employ still more workers to construct solar and wind farms to generate the additional power required.

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