I'm really a fan of the "plug in hybrids". According to the literature, the cost to charge the battery - good for about 40 miles - is about $1.50 (battery is 16kWh but it's never a full charge - usually only 8kWh for a charge). Note that this is at market rates - the generation and distribution of electricity is not subsidized.
Additionally, the charging can be done at night when the demand is usually low so it will take a lot of plug in hybrids to overload the existing electrical grid.
This doesn't do away with emissions but it does provide much more efficient transportation (miles per dollar).
One thing that has me wondering has to do with the tax on fuels (gasoline and diesel) that pays for the roads. If someone lives close enough to work that they can drive to and back on a charge, they'll never pay any fuel tax which could affect the upkeep of the highways. They'll have to be some alternative way to tax plug in hybrids that's fair to all.
Last edited by Mike Henderson; 06-18-2008 at 04:50 AM.
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