Electric Vehicle

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A utility company is debuting a car that it says has "green" possibilities.

American Electric Power-Public Service Company of Oklahoma officials parked the 2008 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle outside its downtown offices yesterday.

The company bought the vehicle and spent $10,000 more to have it outfitted with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack.

Officials say the vehicle can be driven up to 40 miles on the battery, if it is charged within six hours from a common 120-volt outlet.

The company is the first to test-drive a vehicle with a such a plug-in option. Most hybrids use a gasoline engine and have a battery that is recharged while the engine is running, but the plug-in hybrid uses three batteries.

Company officials say when the lithium-ion battery is fully utilized, the vehicle could get 70 miles per gallon.

The company will be able to use the vehicle for a couple of months and has plans to take it around Oklahoma.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com


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