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Frank 4 (1:06)
Topic(s): Efficiency / Electric & Hybrid
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plug-in hybrid is like a regular hybrid, but remember that the regular hybrids
built by Toyota, Honda and Ford these days, and now GM, are basically gasoline
cars; they use gasoline only. The plug-in hybrid uses gasoline and electricity
from the grid or from solar cells on your- on the top of your garage. And
that's a distinct shift from the hybrid cars being built by the car companies.
Car companies have advertised, "Well, you know, this car is
gasoline-electric, but it's—but you never have to charge the batteries."
Well, what that says is, "This car is gasoline-electric but it only runs
on gasoline." What we're trying to show is, if you have a plug-in hybrid
where you use electricity, where you plug it in, then you're using electricity
and gasoline. And, we've designed these cars to use as much as 90 percent
electricity and only ten percent gasoline.
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