NEWS: Plug-In America - Tracking Future Plug-In Hybrids

July 20, 2009
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Plug In America, an organization of enthusiastic supporters of EV-motoring, have added a new feature to their Web site, www.PlugInAmerica.org. The recently-launched new feature attempts to track introduction, production, and to-dealer delivery dates of all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Their tracker lists highway-capable cars and trucks, 2- and 3-wheeled vehicles and commercial vehicles. Key data on the list include each vehicle's targeted delivery date ("Target intro") and current progress toward that target ("Progress"). The group aggregates the information monthly, using manufacturers and media news sources.
The list generally does not include converted vehicles unless they have been emissions and crash tested. This is because Plug In America advocates for safe, clean-running vehicles that have been crash tested and certified as meeting national emissions standards, or better. The list also does not include Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) because, while they reduce miles traveled on petroleum, many consumers want a plug-in that can replace their existing vehicle, namely, a highway-capable car. Moreover, many types of NEVs are already available today.
In a refreshingly honest manner, one of the site's principals, Zan Dubin Scott said, "Please note that our list is evolving and imperfect." We noted, for instance, that their list is missing the WheeGo Whip and the Xtreme Green X-Rider that AutomobileMag.com recently covered. However, the list is comprehensive and interesting.
Plug In America is a coalition of RAV4-EV drivers, former lessees of Honda EV+, GM EV1, Ford Ranger and Ford Th!nk City electric cars, and advocates of clean air and energy independence. Prior to 2008, the group functioned as a loose network of individuals but later coalesced as a chapter of the Electric Auto Association. The group now operates as an official 501(c)(3) public charity non-profit corporation.

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