The Next Generation of Hybrid Cars: Plug-in Hybrids Can Help Reduce Global Warming and Slash Oil Dependency

Fact Sheet
July 01, 2007

With today’s persistently high oil prices, Americans are spending more money than ever on gasoline. The production and use of gas and diesel in cars, trucks, and buses also account for 27 percent of U.S. global warming pollution. Promising new transportation technology called plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) could help Americans spend less money at the pump, and at the same time reduce global warming pollution and decrease our reliance on oil. NRDC has developed a set of policy recommendations for making this new fuel-efficient technology part of a smart transportation package.