Automobile manufacturers are developing hybrid plug in cars which can achieve 100 miles on a single battery charge. The alternative energy utilizes a 120-volt outlet allowing the driver to charge their automobile at home.
Ford Motor Company announced last January that it was working on a fleet of new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) cars which connects to any 120-volt outlet. The vehicles can achieve up to 100 miles on a single battery charge. The vision is almost here today as you read this article.
General Motors has already unveiled its Chevy Hybrid Volt which can deliver up to 40 miles of all-electric transportation on a single charge. The car maker is already designing a second prototype which could push it to greater distances than 100 miles. The Volt is set to release in 2010.
Plug in alternative energy solutions can offer consumers the needed mobility to drive between 40 to 100 miles without using a single drop of fuel. Depending on a daily commute, if within the range of 40 to 100 miles, a person only needs a 120-volt outlet to fill up at home and not at the pump. However, until the vehicles are released to the public, we don’t actually know what limitations wait ahead.
The new PHEV concept is designed to take on the commute or to serve as a backup. Suppose your commute was less than 40 miles, and you run out of gas? The vehicle will detect the empty fuel and will resume control with its power backup.
The option to charge your vehicle from an electrical outlet might sound cheap, but what if the unpredictable gas price soars again like it did in 2008? Your neighbor might laugh at the site of an electrical cord running from your car to the outlet, but he’ll be begging for a ride if the country goes through another oil crisis. It if wasn’t for the unpredictable price at the pump, I would be insane, although some say I already am.
Some analysts will say that foreign countries that sell oil were trying to crash the American economy in 2008. The economy runs on oil and somehow this needs to change by developing alternative energy solutions. Even if it means using an extension cord before your commute.
New Hybrid Infrastructure Lets Drivers Plug In Anywhere
While there are plans to build a new plug in infrastructure, a power grid which hybrids can use on the public roads, there is another factor which plays a big role. Just how we get the energy to serve alternative grids. While hybrids could be used from a 120-volt outlet at home, how much more will the electric bill run?
We are witnessing a new revolution and a race to see what automobile maker will develop the best fuel efficient vehicle. The pros and cons will eventually work out as modern science and breakthrough technologies come together to offer solutions which will benefit the economy and the driver.