Motorists Can Soft Order New Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle

Oct. 17, 2006: The Examiner

Drive without stopping at a gas station.

That’s the goal Baltimore-area motorists may achieve by placing orders for a new fuel-saving technology even though the vehicles have yet to hit the mass market.

AutoNation, the nation’s largest dealership chain, announced recently that its dealerships are taking “soft orders” for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles even though no automaker has any models for sale.

With all electric power, a plug-in hybrid — which uses both gasoline and electric motors — could operate for a period without burning any gasoline.

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