With the recent popularity surge in Hybrid Vehicles (HEVs), there hasn’t been much spotlight placed on the OTHER hybrid alternative, called the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEVs). Hybrid Vehicles, such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight, run on both gasoline and electricity. Plug-In’s also run on both gasoline and electricity, but also feature a third option. They can be p lugged into a standard wall outlet to recharge the battery therefore allowing it to run in electric mode much longer than the Hybrid Electric vehicles (HEVs).
Independent studies have been showing that PHEVs can lower operating costs (such as buying gasoline) and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by relying on using more electricity. PHEVs when compared to HEVs, get twice as m any miles per gallon and produce significantly less CO2. Currently PHEVs are available only as aftermarket conversions but car manufacturers may makes them available to the public in 2010.