Plug-In Vehicle Charging – What You Need to Know

[Estimated Reading Time: 9 minutes, 30 seconds] If you are shopping for a plug-in electric vehicle, your thinking is likely focused on the car and the deal. But there’s another important element, plug-in vehicle charging. How are you going to charge the batteries, and where can you go to find a plug-in car charger? Don’t … Read more »

Fuel Cell Cars Explained

[Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes 20 seconds] Unfamiliar technologies are easy to misunderstand, and the fuel cell automobile could be a poster child for both the unfamiliar and the misunderstood. But the truth is that while the technology behind making a fuel cell system to power an automobile is complicated, fuel cells have been around … Read more »

Plug-In Hybrid Defined

[Estimated Reading Time: Less than 2 minutes] Like a conventional hybrid, a plug-in hybrid or PHEV uses two different power systems. PHEVs differ from their conventional cousins, however, because they have high-capacity battery packs. They are charged when you plug them into a household socket or a home or commercial charging station. Thus the “plug-in” … Read more »

Plug-In Car Shopping Made Easy, Part 2

Six Things You’ll Need to Know About PEVs

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Information can make a world of difference when you are car shopping, and when you’re shopping for a plug-in vehicle it’s not just nice to have a bit of knowledge about the cars and the things that are unique to cars with rechargeable batteries, it is critical.

Once you’ve settled on a model or two to test drive, your dealership visit will be smoother if you take time beforehand to read these tips:

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What’s a hybrid?

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It’s hard to believe now, but hybrids – cars like the Toyota Prius – once were considered exotic vehicles with mysteriously complicated powertrains.

The hybrid powertrain is a bit complex, but the cars, which debuted in the U.S. in 1999 with the first generation Honda Insight, followed rapidly by rival Toyota’s Prius, are now commonplace with nearly four dozen models on the market.

Still, it’s nice to know what’s under the hood, and elsewhere.

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Plug-In Car Shopping Made Easy, Part 1.

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The horror stories abound. People out shopping for a plug-in vehicle, whether a plug-in hybrid or a battery-electric car, or EV, often find themselves in dealerships with sales people who don’t know much about the cars, can’t answer basic questions and would rather sell gas-burners.

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