Plug-in Hybrid vehicles are coming soon. Unlike conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids use larger battery packs that can be recharged by connecting to common household electricity. Plug-in hybrids can be driven for long distances without using any gasoline. Although a current shortage in large battery manufacturing capacity is slowing down production of these cars in mass numbers.
Now if you could charge all of these cars from rooftop solar panels, then you would really have something. We get free energy from the sun and drive zero emission vehicles. Yes, that is a plan we could all agree on.
Unfortunately, producing the necessary electricity will result in additional emissions from power stations. We will need to build more power sources or the utility companies could impose a premium for charging cars during peak times. Does this we mean we may need new nuclear power plants to meet demand?
So while electric powered vehicles offer a great solution for our future, we have a very long way to go to get there. It will be at least 2 years until plug-in hybrids are even available and then how long until they are in wide use? While we are waiting, I suggest Passenger Energy could buy us some time.