The Electric Car…with a Backup Plan

“And the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is a still a good idea. Drive locally (which most people do) and the Volt is a pure EV (with battery-only range rated at 53 miles on the 2nd gen Volt). Take a long trip, and the range-extending gas engine kicks in, which gets you another 300-350 miles…That eliminates the need to track down charging stations on a long trip while allowing you to return to EV-only mode once you’ve reached your destination…So the reasons for buying a plug-in hybrid are obvious. The challenge is explaining them to the majority of the car-buying public who know virtually nothing about EVs.”

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