Here’s a way to save millions of motorists’ need for gas

Here’s a way to save millions of motorists’ need for gas

San Clemente’s elected leaders support a national grass-roots campaign to
develop a battery-powered car called a PHEV.

SUN POST NEWS

San Clemente is joining a national grass-roots campaign to tell automakers
that a market exists today for a battery-powered car that could eliminate
millions of Americans’ need to buy gas.

It’s called the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, or PHEV.

A movement that started in Texas, called Plug-In Partners," wants to get
Detroit to produce cars with battery packs able to power a vehicle 20 to 60
miles.

"Considering that half the cars on America’s roads are driven 25 miles a day
or less, a plug-in vehicle with a 25-mile range battery could eliminate gasoline
use in the daily commute of millions of Americans," City Hall’s David Lund said
in a report to the City Council. "The cost of an equivalent electric gallon of
gas is estimated to be less than $1. PHEVs use the same technology as the
popular hybrids on the road today, but they have a larger battery that can be
recharged by plugging into a standard home outlet."

At its meeting last week, the City Council adopted a resolution supporting
the campaign, joining 72 other cities, 36 counties, 168 public power utilities
and dozens of other agencies and organizations. To learn more, visit
www.pluginpartners.org.

Contact the writer: fswegles@ocregister.com or
949-492-5127