Plug-in Hybrids

Plug-in hybrids are growing in popularity, since their benefits are numerous and they have surprisingly few downsides.In this section we'll take a closer look at plug-in hybrids.


It may be hard to get your hands on a plug-in hybrid right now, but the wait will soon be over. Several manufacturers are promising plug-in releases over the next few years.

If plans for a smart grid pan out, and plug-in hybrids catch on, the grid and the cars could work in tandem to ease the ebb and flow of power in the grid by alternately storing power and supplying power as needed.

Electric car owners often wonder if their vehicle's battery will die before reaching its destination. Theproblem is known as range anxiety, and car manufacturers are trying to alleviate its effects.

Electric vehicles have a few drawbacks, but the biggest appears that they're still a tough sell. If that's the case, are they really capable of saving the environment?

Charging a plug-in hybrid is a little more complex than plugging in your cell phone at the end of a long day. But do you really need to change your home's wiring to charge a plug-in hybrid?

Living in an apartment can be a significant roadblock to owning a plug-in hybrid because most manufacturers recommend you don't use extension cords. So what's an apartment dweller to do?

Homeowners like to upgrade their older homes with eco-friendly materials and energy-saving appliances. But what if the eco-upgrade is a plug-in hybrid car? Can an old house handle the charging process?

Solar cells can be used to provide electrical power for just about anything under the sun. But does that include plug-in hybrid vehicles?

While hybrids have come to establish themselves in the auto market, there's an even newer and more high-tech form of green car on the horizon: The plug-in hybrid. But how does plug-in hybrid gas mileage compare to that of other cars?

By now you're probably familiar with the basics of how a hybrid vehicle works. But how knowledgeable are you when it comes to plug-in hybrid vehicle operation -- specifically charging?

It seems that plug-in hybrids are the next logical step in hybrid vehicle technology. But, are plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) truly better than regular hybrids?

It wasn't long ago when gas-electric hybrid cars were the latest innovation on the roads. Now, automakers are shifting their attention to plug-in hybrid vehicles. Can buying one save you money on your taxes?

Plug-in hybrids are a unique breed of hybrid vehicle. Take a look at several different makes and models in this image gallery.

No doubt about it, hybrid cars are popular right now. That's because 40, 50 or even 60 miles per gallon is pretty alluring, right? Well, plug-in hybrid cars are capable of triple-digit fuel economy

Looking for ways to further improve fuel-economy, manufacturers are exploring enhancements to the basic hybrid concept. One promising avenue is the plug-in hybrid car. Learn all about plug-in hybrid cars including their many benefits.