During the summer and fall of 2008, when gas prices rose to more than $4 per gallon and some regions experienced fuel shortages, things started to change dramatically in the auto industry. There's no doubt that the steady rise in fuel costs scarred our automotive psyches. Couple that with a deepening recession, and that was enough to cause many drivers to hold back on a new car purchase.
As new car buyers seemed to vanish and as drivers began spending less on gasoline, auto executives appeared to be scrambling for a better image. Some are now touting plug-in hybrid cars as the next step in fuel-efficient technology.
While people are currently impressed by hybrid models that average more than 40 or 50 miles per gallon (17 or 21.3 kilometers per liter), plug-in hybrids may soon be able to offer drivers triple-digit fuel economy. With several new models coming to a dealership near you, we thought we'd take a look at a few upcoming plug-in hybrids.