Electrification of vehicles is the future. But, for most people, there still remains a psychological barrier against pure electric vehicles as they envision getting stranded with a dead battery and no place and/or no time to recharge.
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is the next logical step and we hear large car makers also touting the great benefits of PHEVs. You skip the gas station, save time and money, and it takes away the fear factor on the limited range.
PHEVs can deliver double the gasoline equivalent of a regular car and car owners could save money in their sleep, recharging in the off hours when electricity is cheapest. Compared with hydrogen fuel-cell cars, the infrastructure for electric cars already exists, requiring only more charging places.
Three converted Prius Plug-In Hybrids Charging at SanFrancisco City Hall public recharging station. By Felix Kramer (CalCars).