July 16, 2007

Plug-in hybrids to be featured at Hybridfest 2007

Madison, Wisconsin – Plug-in hybrid vehicles will be featured at Hybridfest 2007 in Madison, Wisconsin, the country’s largest hybrid car festival, on July 21 and 22; it is expected to draw hybrid owners from across Canada and the U.S. The event is part of the Dane County Fair at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison and will feature more than 100 hybrid vehicles, as well as six different plug-in hybrid cars.

This year’s event will also include a stock Toyota Prius converted on-site into a plug-in hybrid on Sunday, June 22.

“Using technology and infrastructure that’s available today, plug-in hybrids let you fill up on electricity at home, from a regular outlet, at an equivalent cost of under $1.00 a gallon,” says Eric Powers, President of Hybridfest. “By charging up the batteries at night, your car essentially becomes an electric vehicle with a gas tank backup. So you’ll have a cleaner, cheaper, quieter car for your local travel, and the gas tank is always there should you need to drive longer distances.”

The event includes the MPG Challenge, which allows drivers to compete against each other on an open course to achieve maximum fuel economy. For more information, visit HybridFest.com.

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