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Hybrid cars combine two technologies, usually a battery and a gasoline or diesel engine. With a large battery, the engine doesn’t have to produce as much power, and doesn’t have to be built to operate over a large range of power requirements, from driving at a constant 30 mph to merging into freeway traffic. The battery assist allows the engine to operate more often in its most efficient range.
Plug-in hybrids use an even larger battery. If they are charged up at night, they can go short distances (20 miles or more) during the day with battery power alone. On average, cars are expected to get about 100 miles to the gallon with a charging cost of $1/gallon.
There are several obstacles to plug-in hybrid cars. The car costs much more, and batteries need to be replaced and disposed of. New coal power plants will spew pollution and greenhouse gases. Batteries are polluting under the best of conditions.
There are advantages as well. Utilities would be able to use more base load power plants (running 24/7) and less of the more expensive peak load plants (not true where hydroelectric power is used for baseload). Oil use would drop dramatically if all vehicles are plug-in hybrids, bringing down both the price of oil and the amount of money going to oil powers.
With electric-fueled vehicles, electricity will go to $.40/kWh…
That’s still equivalent to less than $1.00 gallon of oil, but…
Too costly for home utility bills.
Thus, for national security sake, need to build more efficient homes!
By MATT MOORE
The Associated Press
Tuesday, September 13, 2005; 11:52 AM
Power Information Network expects the number of compacts and sub-compacts on the U.S. market grow to grow from 33 this year to 40 in 2010.
Small Cars in Focus As Gas Prices Rise
2005 Builder Quality Rankings
Courtesy of Fort Collins Utilities
Courtesy of Energy Services Group
Defect Litigation, the Old Frontier
Courtesy of Building Science Corp.
Low Cost Infrared Cameras:
Lighting, Fans, or
IECC Insulation Properly Installed
Continuous Air Barrier
ES Qualified Windows
Eff. Water Htr.
Build it Tight, TestedENERGY STAR QUALIFIED HOMES SPEC
HERS Index: 85 in South; 80 in North, or equivalent package…
ENERGY STAR Avg. Cost: $1,500
Avg. Cost of New Home: $150,000+
Energy Efficiency = Stronger U.S.
Meet Growing Consumer Demand
Render 80% of Competition Obsolete
Reduce Liability from Infrared Diagnostics
Small Investment = Increased Satisfaction
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