Ford is teaming up with Southern California Edison with plans to test new rechargeable hybrid cars. SCE will receive one Ford plug-in hybrid this year, and possibly 20 by 2009 to test their “durability, range and impact on the power grid” said Susan M. Cischke, Ford senior vice president for sustainability, environment and safety engineering. (Wouldn’t it be nice if the U.S. had a Department of Sustainability?)
The plan is to bring plug-in hybrids to the market more quickly. Plug-in hybrids are attractive because the car can be charged in a standard outlet. It uses battery power until the battery runs low, and then switches to the combustion engine. Therefore, in-town commuters will use little or no gas, and can still use their “electric” car for long trips. Until other sources of fuel are more readily available, this is the best technology we have.
I would love to have an electric car for short commutes, and a plug-in hybrid as the long-term car. *dreaming*
Tip of the day: Unplug your cell phone charger and charge your phone in your car during your commute instead.