Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles Get Real-World Testing

Published: 10-Sep-2008

As part of the recent "Beyond Oil" conference in Redmond WA, the newest member of the city of Seattle transportation fleet was introduced. It is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the first of dozens headed to the state of Washington as part of a demonstration project coordinated by Idaho National Laboratory.

The PHEV's appearance kicked off the alternative transportation conference "Beyond Oil: Transforming Transportation — A National Demonstration Project," co-sponsored by INL as part of its Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity (AVTA) to spark discussion on plug-in hybrids and other possibilities for curbing the country's reliance on petroleum. This is a real-world test of the capabilities of PHEV on the roads and in the workplace.

To evaluate whether PHEVs could help reduce petroleum use and become widely acceptable, INL has teamed with public and private agencies throughout Seattle and the state of Washington to drive plug-in hybrids in real-world conditions. Cities, counties, ports, utilities, colleges and environmental groups have added PHEVs to the vehicle fleets they use for day-to-day activities. INL will analyze data from the cars to evaluate gas and electricity use, average and top speeds, miles per charge, and charge timing and duration.


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