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First only full hybrids like the 2004 and newer Toyota Prius can become a plugin hybrid.
Second you don't have to plug it in but when and if you do you get about 100+ miles per gallon. The cost for electricity is about 80 cents a gallon equivilent with electric at 8 cents a kilowatt hour.
Third you can just plug it in at night in a normal home AC outlet rated at 120v 15 amps like a frige or hair dryer uses. The power company has lots of extra capacity at night and even offers time of day pricing at 4 cent off peak and 21 cents on peak or something similar.
Fourth this requires extra battery power. It done with lithium batteries that last longer, are lighter and smaller than the NiMH now used in hybrids.
Last this will cost about 10,000 dollars at forst. Just like PCs and Digital cameras and Cellphones it will become cheaper and better each month. Maybe some day it will be an extra to try and get you to buy a new model. WOW
This helps reduce our Oil Addiction , air pollution, global warming, our enconomy, our security and gives us a choice when driving.
Soon all hybrids will use the new lithium batteries.
Soon many hybrids may run on fuel other than gas, like E85 ethanol, bio-diesel and even hydrogen injection and someday fuel cells. Each one makes our country cleaner and stronger. We can become independant again and not have our country run by the price of oil in the middle east.