Auto makers aren't the only companies taking a keen interest in plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles. Electric utilities are realizing development of such technology could bolster their bottom line, as well. Although PHEVs offer promising fuel efficiency, they face a number of hurdles before being introduced to the marketplace. Arguably, the most significant challenge is the way the nation's energy grids will handle the additional power needed to recharge large numbers of plug-in vehicles. ...

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