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Current Hybrids (HEV) such as the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius, unfortunently, are not electric vehicles, as they can not use electricity as an external fuel source. Rather they are gas cars that can do some electric car tricks, but not the most important one which is the ability to not use gassoline as fuel, so they may become the missing link of vehicles. By not burning combustables in a heat engine which is unlikely to maximize the utilization of it's waste heat as would Cogeneration. Rather than a way to transition away from gasoline they are merely a way to slightly reduce consumption. It's the transitioning away from gas as a fuel source which should be a major transportation development priority, as the president said "America is addicted to oil", Plug-In Hybrids may be a big part of the solution.

Since currently no production PHEVs exist, Hybrid Conversions are hybrids which have been modifies such that they can use gas or electricity as sources of fuel, they can plug-in to fuel up with gas or electricity. These are usually one-of-a-kind modified hybrids.

Hybrids can be clasified as Series Hybrids like diesel locomotives, very heavy machinery, and EV's with pushers or on board generators; Parallel Hybrids such as the Honda's IMA WikiPedia:Integrated Motor Assist; and Series-Parallel Hybrids like Toyota's HSD WikiPedia:Hybrid Synergy Drive, Ford's Full Hybrid System WikiPedia:Ford Escape Hybrid, and General Motors and DaimlerChrysler's AHS2 WikiPedia:Advanced Hybrid System 2.

Current Production Hybrid include
Year     Make and Model PHEV Versions
2000 Honda Insight Insight PHEV ideas
2002 Honda Civic Hybrid none yet
2005 Honda Accord Hybrid none yet
2000 Toyota Prius none yet
2004 Toyota Prius Prius PHEV
2006 Toyota Camry Hybrid none yet
2005 Toyota Highlander Hybrid none yet
2005 Lexus RX 400h none yet
2005 Ford Escape Hybrid none yet
2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid none yet
2006 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid     maybe never, it's a Mild hybrid

Prototype Hybrids:

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The CalCars_Maillist: is a great resource for current news regarding PHEVs, visit the Official CalCars-News Yahoo group at

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