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PHEVLERs are the Zero CO2 Clean Green Machines of the Future

UCD-ITS-RP-16-18

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Available online at: Green Car Congress

Suggested Citation:
Frank, Andrew A., Bruce R. Thomas, Catherine J. DeMauro (2016) PHEVLERs are the Zero CO2 Clean Green Machines of the Future. Green Car Congress

The Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle with Long Electric Range (PHEVLER - pronounced “fevler”) is a new category emerging in the electric vehicle marketplace. PHEVLERs are defined as PHEVs with sufficient battery capacity for all electric driving of twice the average daily distance. The average daily driving distance in the USA is 30 miles (48 km), so PHEVLERs are vehicles with at least 60 miles (97 km) of electric range. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt with an electric range of 53 miles is the first commercial car that almost qualifies as a PHEVLER. PHEVLERs are a disruptive technology that will help revolutionize both the clean transportation and the clean stationary energy sectors of our economy. These vehicles are the green machines that will provide a critical part of the renewable and sustainable society that we need for the future.