Google’s philanthropic arm today announced the RechargeIT initiative. Google.org awarded $1 million in grants and announced plans for a $10 million request for proposals (RFP) to fund development, adoption and commercialization of plug-ins, fully electric cars and related vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. Google aims to speed up the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
As part of the program, RechargeIT has created a test fleet of cars consisting of conventional Prius and Ford Escape Hybrid cars as well as several Prius and Ford Escapes that have been retrofitted to become plug-in hybrid vehicles.
For example, the regular Toyota Prius gets 40.9 mpg while the Toyota Prius Plug-in from RechargeIT gets 73.6. To date, RechargeIT plug-in hybrids are averaging about 75 miles per gallon of gasoline which is four times that of the average car on the road in the US today.
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