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What You Need To Know About Plug-In Hybrids

Are you considering buying a hybrid car? Do you want the reduced cost of the higher gas mileage or the feeling of knowing that you’re causing less pollution to the environment? Either way, you might want to hold of on that purchase for a while. A new type of engine is being designed that can get even lower gas mileage than a hybrid vehicle and they are set to be available soon. What’s this wonderful invention? It’s the plug-in hybrid.

A plug-in hybrid can be thought of as a hybrid between a regular hybrid car and an electric car. It can take long trips just like a hybrid car, but it can cost as little to run and be as environmentally friendly as an electric car if used only on short trips. A regular hybrid car has an electric and a gasoline engine. The electric engine charges through the gas engine, instead of being plugged in. A plug-in hybrid has an electric and a gas engine as well, but the electric engine is charged by being plugged into an outlet. This way, you can primarily use the cheaper and more environmentally friendly electric engine when making short trips. For longer trips, the gas engine takes over. This means the plug-in hybrid is cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly than a regular hybrid, but it doesn’t die after a few hours (unless you forget to put gas in) like an electric vehicle.

You may be thinking, “How is this any cheaper than a regular hybrid engine? Electricity costs money too!” The truth is electricity is a lot cheaper than gas. While gas has been consistently jumping above $3/gallon, the amount of electricity required to get a car as far as a gallon of gas costs about $1! And if you only take short trips in your plug-in hybrid, you’ll rarely use your gas engine and get close to this price for your mileage all the time. Imagine how much money you could save.

Many people may argue that a plug-in hybrid isn’t really more environmentally friendly than a gas engine or regular hybrid because pollution is produced during the production of electricity. The truth is, extensive studies have been done to compare the pollution output of a gallon of gas and the amount of electricity required to power an electric engine just as far. These studies have shown that through the entire process, electric vehicles produce significantly less pollution to travel just as far. And unlike a normal hybrid car, a plug-in hybrid car doesn’t produce its electricity by burning fuel, making it significantly cleaner than normal hybrid cars.

Hopefully this information will help you make a more informed choice about your next vehicle. Happy driving!

Posted: January 22nd, 2008
at 8:03pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles

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Hybrid SUVs

We’ve become an SUV loving country. After all what could be better than a vehicle that’s got plenty of room, goes just about anywhere, and makes you feel safe when you’re driving? The trouble is SUVs are gas guzzlers and they also aren’t great for our environment. However, that’s been changing over the past few years with the release of several models of hybrid SUVs. (Clean and efficient diesels are on their way too, but they’re not here yet.)

Here is the list of Hybrid SUVs available as of January 2008:
Chevy Tahoe Hybrid
Ford Escape Hybrid
GMC Yukon Hybrid
Lexus RX 400h
Mazda Tribute Hybrid
Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Saturn Vue Green Line
Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Ford Escape – It is available as a FWD or 4WD unit. The 2WD gets 31 mpg in town and 36 mpg on the highway; while the 4WD gets 29 mpg in town and 33 mpg on the highway with a cruising range of 400 to 600 miles. Base price is $26,900 US.

A stock 2.3 liter, four cylinder engine is combined with a 65 kilowatt electric motor for a total of 155 HP. It has an electronically controlled automatic variable transmission; rack and pinion steering with electric power assist; and power assisted ABS 4 wheel disk brakes. Fuel capacity is 15 gallons/60 liters and it comes with 16” aluminum wheels.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning; ABS; roof rack; power windows, doors, and mirrors; AM/FM stereo with 6 disk CD; keyless entry; driver and front passenger air bag; intermittent wipers; and perimeter alarm.

The Lexus RX 400H 2WD – It gets 27 mpg in town and 31 mpg on the highway with a cruising range of 450 to 530 miles. Base price is $48,500 US.

The Lexus RX 400H comes with a stock 3.3 liter four cylinder engine, which is combined with permanent magnet electric drive motors for a total of 268 HP. It has electronically controlled automatic variable transmission; rack and pinion steering with electric power assist; and power assisted ABS 4 wheel disk brakes. Fuel capacity is 17.2 gallons/65 liters and it comes with 18” aluminum wheels.

Standard equipment includes dual zone automatic climate control, ABS, 8 speaker sound system with 6 disk CD, slide moon roof, power tilt, garage door transceiver, part time all wheel drive, voice activated navigation system, memory system, remote entry system, and accessory power outlet.

The Toyota Highlander – It is available as a FWD or 4WD unit. The 2WD gets 28 mpg in town and 33 mpg on the highway, while the 4WD gets 27 mpg in town and 31 mpg on the highway. Base price is $33,000 US.

It comes with a stock 3.3 liter double overhead cam V6 gas motor with 4500 rpm electric drive motors for a total of 268 HP. It has electronically controlled automatic variable transmission; electronic power steering; and ABS 4 wheel disk brakes. Fuel capacity is 17.2 gallons/65 liters and it comes with 17 1/2” five spoke aluminum wheels.

Standard equipment includes dual power tilt, moon roof with sunshade, roof rack, intermittent wipers, remote keyless entry, advanced airbag system, digital climate control system, power heated outside mirrors, and optional 4WD.

If you need a big SUV, then there are options available like the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid which gets a 25% fuel mileage improvement over the conventional gasoline powered SUV. Part of the savings come from the hybrid engine while part comes from the V-8′s ability to deactivate cylinders when not needed.

There’s quite a range in pricing between these hybrid SUVs; so you’ll want to do your research and find out which unit best meets your needs and provides the best value.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2008
at 5:51pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology

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Hybrid Cars

We are all concerned about the environment and doing our part to take care of it. Of all the purchases we make, the purchase that will have the greatest impact on the environment will be the car we decide to buy. Hybrid cars are an affordable and innovative way to help protect our environment and benefit from the increased fuel mileage.

Only a few years ago talk of hybrid cars had consumers stepping back unsure; but today hybrids offer a practical choice for consumers, and more and more consumers are jumping on board.

A hybrid car has a small engine that is fuel efficient, which is combined with an electric motor that aids the engine when additional power is needed during acceleration. The electric motor gets its power from battery banks which continuously charge while you are driving.

Energy is conserved when you stop because the engine is shut off automatically. Then, when you apply gas, it automatically restarts.

The hybrid car also uses a more advanced aerodynamic lightweight body, and combines it with low roll resistant tires that are stiffer and narrower to help reduce drag.

There are several hybrids currently available in North America. This isn’t a comprehensive list but some of the more popular hybirds on the road today are the Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, the Toyota Camry and the Mercury Mariner. There are also Hybrid SUVs available – the Ford Escape, the Lexas 400H and the Toyota Highlander, and the Saturn Vue.

Toyota currently dominates the hybrid market, having captured more than 75% of the total hybrid market. However, with new entries from American auto makers, it may be difficult for Toyota to so thoroughly dominate the hybrid market.

Now that consumer support for the hybrids has arrived, auto manufacturers are increasing the pace at which they introduce hybrid models. In 2006, the Honda CR V SUV, Saturn Vue, Hyundai Accent, and Kia Rio are being introduced as hybrid models. In 2007 we will saw the release of the Toyota Camry, Honda Fit, Mazda Tribute, Chevrolet Malibu, and Nissan Altima; and this year we should see the Ford Fusion and Mercury Millan available as hybrids.

If we had a crystal ball that could see into the future, there’s a good chance that what we’d see 20 years down the road would be freeways, highways, and streets that were full of hybrid vehicles. In fact, it’s likely that our gas guzzling vehicles of today are about to go the way of the dinosaur as more hybrid cars make it to market.

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Posted: January 20th, 2008
at 5:33pm by Fuel Saver


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How Do Hybrid Vehicles Work?

How many times have you pulled up to the pumps lately only to be shocked at the price of gasoline? Suddenly your $50 tank of gas is costing $80. Have you considered trading your vehicle in for something that gets better fuel economy? How about one of those hybrid vehicles everyone seems to be talking about these days?

Hybrids are more fuel efficient than their conventional counterparts, so not only do they save you money when you fill up at the pump they also help reduce dependency on foreign oil and they give off less emissions, making them kinder to the environment.

Today, I’m going to take a look at how hybrids work.

Hybrid vehicles really aren’t that new a concept. You’ll find them all around you in commercial use. Giant mining trucks, submarines, buses, and even train engines all have a fuel source and an electrical source of power.

Most of the hybrid vehicles we are seeing on the market are gasoline and electric hybrids. This means they use both gas and electricity to power them. (In the future we may see hydrogen fuel cell and electric hybrids.)

The two power sources can be combined in different ways. The parallel hybrid has a fuel tank which supplies fuel to the engine and a set of batteries which supplies power to the electric motor. Both sources are able to turn the transmission.

The series hybrid is a little different. The gasoline engine turns a generator which can either power the electric motor that drives the transmission or charge the batteries. In this type of hybrid the gas engine never directly powers the vehicle.

With a hybrid car the gas engine can be a lot smaller than in a conventional car so it can be a lot more efficient. Acceleration requires a larger engine to produce the power needed, but by using a smaller engine and combining it with the assistance of an electrical motor that is operating at peak load the acceleration needs of a vehicle can be met.

Hybrid vehicles also capture the energy from the braking system. When the brake is applied, energy is removed from the car and dissipated as heat which is then captured and stored in the batteries for later use.

Hybrid cars also have an automatic shutoff, so when the vehicle comes to a stop the engine is shut off and then restarts automatically when the accelerator is touched. This conserves energy that would be wasted when idling.

Depending on the manufacturer, the technology is used in various forms but the basics remain simple. Hybrid technology in the consumer auto market is still relatively new but will continue to develop and improve.

Hybrid vehicles work efficiently to reduce tailpipe emissions and improve mileage. So if you are in the market for a new vehicle you might want to have a look at the hybrids.

Posted: January 18th, 2008
at 5:33pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology

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What Are Fuel Catalysts, and How Do They Help Gas Mileage?

What would you say if I told you there’s a product you could use that would increase your car’s horsepower, decrease its emissions, and get you better gas mileage? You’d probably be totally for it or think I was completely insane. Well, there is iin fact a product that does all the above. Fuel catalysts are simply chemicals, usually in liquid or pill form, that you add into your gas tank (kind of like drinking a Red Bull, but for your car). After a short time, you’ll get better gas mileage, more power, and be helping the environment. And fuel catalysts not only work in cars, vans, and SUVs; they also work in motorcycles, boats, RVs, farm equipment, generators, and pretty much anything that uses petroleum based fuels. If these products sound like something you’re interesting in, just read on.

I’ve already told you what these fuel catalysts can do, but you’re also probably wondering what they are and how they work. A catalyst in a reaction is an extra ingredient that makes the reaction go faster or more efficiently. In the case of fuel catalysts, they make the reaction of burning fuel more efficient. They don’t actually mix with your gasoline; they chemically alter in to a different substance. This new type of fuel burns better than regular gasoline, making it more efficient.

So, how does this make your vehicle run better? When your vehicle runs normally, 85% of the energy produced by the reaction is heat. This means that only 15% of the energy is actually going into running your engine. Also, there are a lot of byproducts produced that build up in your engine, making it even less efficient. When you add a fuel catalyst, the burning of gasoline or diesel becomes more efficient. This makes the engine operate at a lower temperature; meaning that less of the energy is being lost as heat and more of the energy is being used to power your car. This increases your car’s horsepower and gas mileage. Adding a catalyst also produces fewer byproducts because of the increased efficiency of the reaction, meaning less buildup in your engine and even more efficiency. A cleaner engine also means that you’ll have fewer breakdowns and need fewer tune-ups. This saves you even more money!

I also mentioned earlier that these fuel additives help reduce pollution. When a catalyst is added to a reaction, this means more of the final product in produced and byproducts are reduced. The muck in your engine is one bad byproduct, but it’s not the only one. When fuel burns more efficiently, it produces more carbon dioxide and less carbon monoxide. You may think “but isn’t carbon dioxide bad?” Well, yes, but carbon monoxide is more toxic. Plus, even though you’re getting more carbon dioxide from each gallon; you’re burning fewer gallons overall, so it’s not really bad.

I’ve given you as much information about these products as I can, but I understand you may still be skeptical. The best way to find out if these products really work is to try them yourself. What I must warn you against is trying one dose of one of these products and then saying that it doesn’t work because there was little improvement. Depending on the age of your vehicle, there may be a whole lot of gunk inside it that needs to be cleaned out. It may take using one of these products several times to see noticeable results. So, if you’re really serious about saving money on gas and repairs, or on helping the environment; then you should stick with it before you decide this isn’t working for you.

Posted: January 11th, 2008
at 9:57pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Fuel Technology,Gas Saving Tips

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Vehicles That Will Help You Save Money On Gas

Prices at the pump are rising steadily; more and more of the vehicles being released get very low gas mileage. This makes it really hard to get around town or to work, on a budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of options out there for someone who wants to get better gas mileage, make a “green” choice for the environment, and even one for your mid life crisis – a 130mph electric powered sportscar.

If you’re not ready to take the plunge and buy a hybrid or electric vehicle, there are many gas-engine cars that get very good gas mileage. For small cars, the mini cooper (28 city/36 highway) gets you the most miles for your gallon. If you’re looking at midsize or large cars, you should check out Hyundai. The Elantra gets 27 city/34 highway, and the Sonata get 24 city/34 highway. If you’re looking into station wagons, the Pontiac Vibe and the Toyota Matrix both get 30 city/36 highway.

If you’re looking for a car with even better gas mileage, you should check out hybrid cars. The concept of a hybrid is that its engine is actually a combination of two engines: a traditional gas engine, and an electric engine. Unlike true electric cars, the electric engine is charged by the gas engine, so there’s no need to plug it in. And while all the power is ultimately derived from the gas engine, these cars, van’s, and SUVs still get way batter gas mileage and saving you tons of money at the pump. If you’re looking simply for the best gas mileage overall, you should check out the Honda insight; it gets 60 mpg city, 66 mpg highway. Plus it’s from Honda so you can be confident you’re getting a solid long lasting vehicle. If you’re looking for an SUV, the vehicle with the best gas mileage is the Ford Escape hybrid. It gets 31 mpg city, 36 mpg highway. Imagine, getting the gas mileage of a car (or better) from an SUV.

Another option for saving fuel that will be available on the market soon is the plug-in hybrid. You’re probably thinking “why would I want to plug in my hybrid when I can just get a regular hybrid?’ One dollar to get as far as a gallon of gas, that’s why. A plug in hybrid is the same as a regular hybrid except you have the option of charging the electric engine. This means that if you only take short trips, your gas engine will rarely even have to turn on, and electricity gets you as far as a gallon of gas for about $1. And, unlike normal electric cars, you never have to worry about your battery dying so you can go as far as you want on your gas engine.

Another advance that shouldn’t be overlooked is the turbo diesel market. I know what you’re thinking – “Diesel? Are you kidding me? They’re loud, polluting, and they smell!”

That used to be the case, but due to a new law passed requiring ultra low sulfur diesel in the United States, diesel is ready for a comeback. And to help get the party started are a slew of vehicles coming 2008 and 2009, including the Volkswagon Jetta TDI (75mpg), the Audi A4, the BMW 3 Sedan (35 mpg+), the Honda Accord (50 mpg), and a Ford F-150 pickup that gets 31 mpg! While diesel may not be a solution that will eliminate our need for oil, it’s certainly one that can help you save big at the pump.

If you want to just skip the gas altogether, there have been some great advances in electric vehicles. You’ll forget everything you know about electric vehicles when you see the Tesla Motors Roadster. Seriously, check it out! It’s fully electric, so you can always get a gas mileage equivalent of about 135 miles per gallon. Unlike traditional electric cars, this one runs on a lithium ion battery, so it can go farther between charges (about 250 miles), it can go a lot faster (top speed of 130 mph), and to be honest, it just looks cooler.

With any type of vehicle, you should keep your car in good shape and making sure it gets regular tune ups, this will help keep up gas efficiency. Also remember that the weight of the vehicle matters. Carrying around stuff you don’t need and always having a full tank will raise your gas mileage.

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Posted: January 10th, 2008
at 9:45pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Alternative Fuel Vehicles,Fuel Technology,Gas Prices,Gas Saving Tips

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Hybrid SUVs – Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

Hybrid SUVs

In the past, someone who needed to take their kids and their kid’s stuff around town had two options: a station wagon or a minivan. To many people, particularly dads, these aren’t very appealing options. Sure, they get the kids and the groceries home in one piece, but they can’t really drive you up a mountain or tow your boat. Well nowadays, we have a wonderful combination of kid towing power, and the “coolness” factor: the SUV. While SUV’s can be great, they do come with their disadvantages, including 10 miles per gallon of gas! In these days of skyrocketing gas prices, that’s not too appealing either. But there is a new option on the horizon; a vehicle that can carry the kids, and a trailer, and still get 30mpg. It’s the hybrid SUV.

For those of you who don’t know yet, a hybrid vehicle is one that has both a gas and an electric engine. The gas engine charges the electric engine while it runs, so theirs no need to plug them in like the old electric cars. But electricity gets you a lot farther than gas so they get great gas mileage and are better for the environment too. Hybrid cars have been getting drivers 50 to 60 mpg for years, but until recently cars were all you could get. Now they’re developing larger versions of hybrids as well. While they don’t get 50 to 60 mpg, they do get better gas mileage than many gas engine cars.

The first hybrid SUV available was the 2004 hybrid Ford Escape. This vehicle is still available and is advertised to get over 30 mpg. There are now other types of hybrid SUV’s available, but the Escape is still the cheapest and has the best fuel economy. . If you’re looking for a lot of power, Toyota makes a Highlander hybrid. It’s slightly more expensive than the Escape, but it has 270 hp and 3,500lbs towing capacity. If you’re looking for more luxury, Lexus now makes the Rx400h. It’s the most expensive of the three available models, but it has all the features you’d expect from Lexus. Plus, it has the same power and towing capacity of the Highlander

Besides the great gas mileage and the benefit to the environment, hybrid vehicles can help you with your taxes as well. The federal government has started offering a tax credit for purchasing certain hybrid vehicles. There are a few things you need to know about the credit though. First of all, it is only offered for some hybrid vehicles; so you should check if yours is on the list before you buy. Second, the credit is only available for a certain number of each vehicle; if you buy near the end of the year, you’re not going to get the credit. The best time to buy is at the beginning of the year. You can check to see if quotas have been met to see if your vehicle still qualifies.

These vehicles are still worth looking at if you want an SUV without the hefty bill for gasoline every month. And, with the newer options, you don’t have to give up power or luxury to get great gas mileage.

Posted: January 9th, 2008
at 9:43pm by Fuel Saver


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How Your Tires Affect Gas Mileage

Your tires – where the rubber meets the road.

And when it comes to saving money on gas, your tires can may be helping you get better gas mileage or they may be hurting your gas mileage.

So if you’d like to get better gas mileage and you’re not ready to buy one of the brand new super fuel efficient turbo diesels or a hybrid, then here are some tips to make sure you’re tires are up to snuff.

1 – Proper Inflation

It’s been estimated that up to 50% of people are driving around on underinflated tires. While tires that don’t have proper air pressure in them are unsafe, you will also lose 2% of your gas mileage for every 5 pounds per square inch (psi) of pressure that you are below the manufacturers recommended pressure. The reason is that if your tire isn’t inflated properly, there’s going to be more tire touching the road, causing more friction, which reduces gas mileage.

How can you tell if your tires are underinflated? Well, if they look flat they probably are, but it’s not always possible to tell if your tires are properly inflated just by looking at them. In fact, it’s actually quite difficult. What you need is a tool called a tire pressure gauge that you can get from any auto parts store and even your local Walmart or Sears – they’re not expensive (Here’s a cool digital gauge you can get from Amazon for $12). Also, some gas station hoses will have one of these tools built onto them so you can check your pressure when you fill up.

When you’re filling up one tire, make sure you check the rest to make sure that all your tires are properly and evenly inflated.

2 – Type of Tire

Some tires have specialized purposes – like snow tires. Snow tires are really good at driving through snow, but they do so at the expense of gas mileage. If you put snow tires on for the winter, make sure you take them off in spring.

Also, using steel belted tires can help you improve your gas mileage by up to 10%.

And when you’re buying tires, try to fine a tire that has a low rolling resistance.

Wide tires and studded tires will both significantly lower your gas mileage. And unless you’re doing a lot of off roading – you don’t need off road tires.

3 – Alignment & Balance

Make sure that your wheels are properly balanced and aligned. While this isn’t really something you can do at home without specialized equipment, your local auto repair shop can easily do this for you. Keeping everything aligned and balanced means that your tires will roll as freely as possible, helping you consume less gas.

While there are a lot of things you can do to save money on gas, make sure you don’t neglect your tires since they’re the only part of your vehicle that actually touches the road.

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Posted: January 8th, 2008
at 6:28pm by Fuel Saver


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Why Aren't Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) Available From Car Dealers?

With oil prices hitting $100/barrel, and ever present concerns about the stability of oil rich regions, have you wondered why auto manufactures aren’t rolling PHEVs off the assembly line yet?

I know I have. I’d really like to own a PHEV – the idea of a car that can drive around in town for 40 or 50 miles without firing its gasoline engine just seems really cool to me.

There are plenty of aftermarket companies popping up that will convert your Prius into a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, but getting one is still a bit of a challenge.

So where are these PHEVs and why can’t I buy one from my local car dealer?

There are 3 major issues.

1) Lithium Battery Life

Some people are accusing the auto manufacturers of dragging their heels, but the real problem lies in the same thing that powers your laptop – the lithium ion battery.

You see, while a lithium ion battery usually does a good job of powering a laptop, cell phone, or power tool, have you noticed how these batteries lose performance after a few years. Heck, my cell phone is only 18 months old and its battery has gone from lasting almost 7 days to just over 2 days.

In the world of automobiles, long term battery performance like that of a cell phone is completely unacceptable. Automobile manufacturers need the batteries to last at least 10 years or 150,000 miles before you start seeing them.

Fortunately, several companies, such as A123Systems, are getting close to reaching those figures, so that hurdle is about to be cleared – likely sometime in 2008.

2) Battery Safety Concerns

The next major hurdle to jump is the safety of the batteries. I think just about everyone heard about the Dell battery recall in 2006. A battery that starts on fire in a laptop is major inconvenience; however, a battery that starts on fire while you’re driving 70mph down the Interstate can be a disaster. Lithium ion battery safety is the next big issue that’s keeping PHEVs from becoming production vehicles.

3) Battery Price

The last one is one of simple economics – price.

Currently, converting a Hybrid Electric Vehicle, like a Prius to a Plug-in Hybrid Electric vehicle will run you about $6,000 in parts, and that’s in addition to the premium you pay for the Prius. For production cars, you can initially expect the PHEVs to cost about $10,000 more than its conventional counterpart. Once production increases, that number will increase, but initially, there’s a much higher price to pay for a PHEV.

So while the technology is nearly ready (a lot closer than hydrogen), there are legitimate reasons why you’re not seeing Ford, GM, and Toyota introduce PHEVs to the market just yet. They’re coming, and soon, but for you if you want a PHEV, you’ll either have to do it yourself or have an aftermarket conversion company, like Hybrids Plus, to do it for you.

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Posted: January 7th, 2008
at 6:12pm by Fuel Saver


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Top 5 Advantages of PHEVs – Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Have a hybrid, but thinking about taking it to the next level by converting it to a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle?

If so, then this blog post is for you since I’ll be covering the top 5 advantages you’ll get by converting your hybrid car to a PHEV. (The Toytota Prius tends to be the best vehicles for this conversion, btw.)

Not only is this conversion more environmentally friendly, it’s going to help you save some green in another sense – some cold hard cash.

So here they are the Top 5 Advantages of PHEVs

1) Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) can get 100 mpg.

That’s right, if you’re going to use your PHEV for trips like your daily commute and you’ll be driving it less than 50 miles per day, you can get your gas mileage up over 100mpg. For long road trips, it will be less, but since most people take short trips on a day to day basis, you’ll be consuming very little gasoline. Some days your gas engine may not even need to turn on at all – which means no gas consumption at all.

2) PHEVs Are Cleaner Than Gasoline Powered Cars

One thing skeptics like to say about plug-ins is that they’re simply transferring the pollution from cars to power plants. While it’s true that PHEVs are transferring the pollution, it’s not an equal tradeoff. Studies show that using electric power in a vehicle results in 67% less greenhouse gases than using gasoline in a car – even when considering that half the power in this country comes from coal. That’s because large powerplants are far more efficient and are far cleaner than a conventional internal combustion engine.

3) Get cleaner as they get older.

Only PHEVs and 100% electric vehicles actually get cleaner as they get older due to the fact that the electrical grid gets cleaner every decade. A typical gasoline powered car gets less efficient as time goes on and becomes dirtier as it gets older.

4) Cheaper To Run And Maintain

While PHEVs and electric vehicles (EVs) cost more money upfront, they are actually cheaper to run and maintain than a regular non hybrid car. For example, if gas is $3/gallon, the very best non hybrid cars will cost 8 cents per mile for gas and gas guzzlers will cost 20 cents or more per mile. A PHEV, on the other hand, will cost only 2-4 cents/mile during short trips. Or if you’d like another way to look at it, when running on the electric engine, you’re getting the equivalent of 75 cent/gallon gas.

5) PHEVs Reduce Dependency On Foreign Oil

Since PHEVs run on entirely on batteries until the gas engine is needed, they end up requiring substantially less gasoline to run, especially during your daily commute or when your’e running errands around town. The power that runs your car coming from the power grid doesn’t depend on foreign oil – only 3% of electricy in the United States comes from oil. (About half comes from coal of which the United States has plenty of.) It’s been estimated that if everyone drove PHEVs, we’d need 55% less oil and we could eliminate foreign oil completely.

Posted: January 6th, 2008
at 6:10pm by Fuel Saver


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