Recharging Plug-in Hybrids
How to Charge a Plug-in Hybrid
The onboard chargers of most plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are only equipped to handle AC power, which can be extracted from standard home wall outlets and public Level 2 charging stations. DC fast chargers are considered too powerful for most PHEVs due to their lower battery capacities and onboard charger restrictions. Due to their heavier reliance on internal combustion engines, there has been little innovation to make this change in PHEVs. Automakers don’t expect this feature to come anytime soon. However, this does allow PHEVs to forgo the option of charging altogether and travel solely on gasoline.