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EV - Plug-In Hybrid Electric Cars
By Dave Rongey
Summary: This article explains the important qualities of the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV's). The good news is that PHEV technology is already available and functioning. Fuel savings could be dramatic if plug-in technology is combined with already-existing flexible fuel technology.
The Key Attributes of a EV Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
The Key PHEV Attributes
- A PHEV Gets about twice the fuel economy of a conventional vehicle and 30-50% better fuel economy than a standard hybrid.
- To charge the battery system simply plug into a standard (120-volt) home electrical outlet.
- Depending on the car design and battery size a PHEV reports say that they could be driven 20 to 60 miles without the use of gasoline
The Economic Benefits of Flexible Fuel Plug-Ins
Spend Less Time and Money at the Pump
After a full battery charge the Plug-in hybrid vehicles range from 20 to 60 miles without using gasoline. Many commuters would be using little if any gasoline. By comparison if your gasoline powered car now gets 25 mpg and you switched to a Plug-in hybrid vehicle you would be getting 100 mpg.
Cost of Electric Fuel
A nightly battery charge would cost less than $1.00 at current electrical utility rates.
Initial Cost Worth Long-term Savings
While the initial cost of the plug-in vehicle would be more than a conventional car or one of the existing mass-produced hybrids, however a 2004 study by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) found that plug-in hybrids can achieve life cycle costs parity with conventional gasoline vehicles – meaning that over the life of the car the cost will be equal or less despite the initial higher cost. The study calculated gasoline price as $1.75/gallon.
Rebates and Incentives Will Help
To help offset the initial cost of a PHEV, incentives are developing in local and city levels along with their public utility energy producers to address potential rebates to address the cost difference by making rebates available for energy customers when automakers begin manufacturing PHEV's. Additionally, bipartisan bills pending in the U.S. Senate and House would offer rebates and manufacturing incentives to help close the price gap.
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.
Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.