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Plug-In Hybrid Cars Are Running Out of Road

Policymakers look poised to shorten the bridge to a fully electric future.

A plug-in hybrid badge on a Mitsubishi Outlander sport utility vehicle.

A plug-in hybrid badge on a Mitsubishi Outlander sport utility vehicle.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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Everybody likes to have options to choose from, or at least they think they do. That’s part of what led some automakers to bet heavily on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, or PHEVs, which offer consumers a way to get a sampling of the EV experience without jumping fully in.