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Fuskie the promise of the plug-in is that you can tune it up to recharge overnight, when rates (and demand) are both lower. Just like how you can now point and click and get your computer to shut itself down at 10pm and boot itself up at 7am, you may one day plug your car in when you get home, but it won't actually start to recharge the battery until after 8pm or whenever your local electric authority sets the end of "Peak" time.

I have read that if market penetration gets to some point or another, we can actually power our cities with our cars, overnight, if need be. There have already been articles saying that in disaster situations a family of X can power their refrigerator for Y-hours or Z-days using just the Family Truckster.

I can't imagine a fleet of power-consuming vehicles giving back to the community like a successful person in his fifties, but that's one of the things they're talking about, now.
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