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Tangential, but why are plug-in series hybrids not selling? They could make better use of anaemic grids in India. For example my office was running on backup power for several hours. I left at 7 pm in the rain, saw linemen climb up a damaged transformer in a narrow congested road where buses zip by. Elsewhere, farmers' pumps blow up transformers. A hybrid could power weekday commutes and maybe 25% of a weekend trip, from private solar panels, well before powerful public grids are installed.

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