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PHOTO CAPTION: FERC Acting-Chairman Jon Wellinghoff in Tesla Roadster

Necessary Co-Existence: Smart Grid and Plug-in Cars

FERC Acting-Chairman Jon Wellinghoff wants to see 'cash-back' hybrids; plug-in electric cars that utilities reimburse for storing and sharing power.

Published: 31-Jan-2009

To revitalize the economy and protect the environment, Americans need to save energy, cut dependence on foreign oil and reduce use of fossil fuels, many officials urge.

But that doesn't mean giving up on high-performance cars, Jon Wellinghoff, former Nevada consumer advocate and now acting chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said Thursday.

Wellinghoff showed those attending Preview Las Vegas at the Cox Pavilion a picture of himself in a plug-in, electric hybrid Tesla to make the point. He also showed a picture of Shelby Super Cars Ultimate Aero EV, which goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds.

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