Plug-In Hybrid Cars

Article: Plug-In Hybrid Cars

What is a Plug-In Hybrid Car? It generally refers to a hybrid car that has additional batteries that can be recharged by plugging them into an electrical outlet. This outlet could be a standard US 120V-volt house current or a a higher-power, 220-volt line, depending on the design.

Plug-In Hybrid Car Batteries

The extra batteries allow the plug-in hybrid car to travel a longer distance solely on battery power, while still allowing it to operate as a normal hybrid car whenever necessary. Being able to plug in to recharge the batteries adds convenience. When the plug-in hybrid car drives on battery power alone, it produces zero emissions, making it environmentally friendly. The further it can go on battery power alone, the less the hybrid car will need to use the gas engine.

For instance, let’s say a plug-in hybrid car can travel 30 miles on battery power alone. That means if driven only 20 miles, it only uses battery power and at the end of the trip the hybrid car could simply be plugged in to recharge the batteries.

If this same plug-in hybrid car need to travel more than 30 miles, then the first 30 miles of the trip would be taken care of by the batteries and the rest of the trip it would operate as a normal hybrid car. Again, recharging the batteries by plugging them in at the end of the trip.

The Future Of Plug-In Hybrid Cars

The battery size and weight as well as other factors have made plug-in hybrid cars somewhat cost prohibitive but as battery technology and hybrid car technology advance, this could become the car of the future.


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