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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Plug-in hybrid vehicles
March 2, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Plug-in hybrids

A work in progress Danny Westneat is very much correct [“Reality check on plug-in cars,” staff column, Local News, Feb. 22] in his criticism of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). Technology today, as delivered, is not economically viable. Seattle spent $10,000 to convert every Prius; their fuel efficiency has not justified such an expense. Argonne National Laboratory has…

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February 25, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Plug-in hybrids

Cutting costs, far from foolish Danny Westneat is so right about plug-in hybrids being pointless [“Reality check on plug-in cars,” staff column, Local News, Feb. 22]. Our collective experience says technology doesn’t get better over time and progress is rarely possible. Surely, expecting a battery’s cost to be cut in half is foolish. Westneat’s computer no doubt costs…

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