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Research on impact of hybrids now available

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 23:00
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Research and Markets has announced the addition of "The Impact of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles on the Electric Industry" to its offering.

The first Edition of Research Reports International's The Impact of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles on the Electric Industry report is a 45-page overview of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology and the impacts that PHEVs will have on load, generation costs, and emissions.

Rising gas prices, carbon constraints, fuel economy standards and the desire for energy independence are driving the development of PHEVs which are expected to achieve the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon of gasoline. If they achieve significant market potential, they will have a huge impact on the electric industry increasing load by an amount which could put the grid at risk.

In order to cope with this risk, the report seeks to provide readers with an understanding of the likely impacts of PHEV on the grid, options the industry can use to deal with the impacts, and the decisions that need to be made now to ensure that PHEVs are a boon to the industry rather than a bane.

The Impact of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles on the Electric Industry provides industry participants with the knowledge they need to begin preparing for the introduction of PHEVs.

Topics covered in the report include:
• Explanation of how electricity can be used as a transportation fuel
• Definition and comparison of electric, hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
• Overview of the history of using electricity to power vehicles
• Discussion of why PHEVs will have a significant impact on the electric grid
• Evaluation of the key business factors that are driving PHEVs to market
• Evaluation of the challenges that are hindering the commercialization of PHEVs
• Analysis of how PHEVs will impact the electric industry in terms of load, emissions, and production costs
• Discussion of how PHEVs can provide energy and capacity to the grid (vehicle-to-grid power)
• Profiles of utility efforts to prepare for PHEVs

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