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Count the Plug-in Hybrid Concepts at L.A. Auto Show: ThreeAs we posted last week, cars with plugs were hard to find at the current 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show (which runs through Nov. 30). On the bright side, electric cars and plug-in hybrids have emerged in recent years from futuristic concepts to actual vehicles on the road. With 20 battery-powered cars available to buy or lease—granted, mostly in California—what's left to show in L.A. except expensive and improbable plug-in prototypes.
Fast Charging: For Some, It's a Way of LifeMost electric cars are still getting juice from 240-volt power, but embryonic 480-volt networks (Tesla and both CHAdeMO and SAE) are starting to take off—and get used regularly. For some drivers, quick charging has become the norm.
Fuel Cell Cars Take Limelight at Los Angeles Auto ShowFive years ago, major auto shows were dominated by unveilings of battery electric vehicles. Carmakers that had new plug-in models and concepts to show were considered in the vanguard, and those without them were left scrambling to shoehorn a battery pack in any existing model. Now that electric cars are on the road, and selling at relatively steady rates, it appears that the magic words in auto show marketing has become: hydrogen fuel cell.