California pushes for plug-in hybrid cars

Move over, Prius, the plug-in hybrid is coming.

With a recent mandate that effectively requires major automakers to put at least 58,000 gas-electric vehicles on California roads by 2014, the state is prodding new technology forward.

After years in the prototype stage, auto industry giants and startup companies are investing, researching and building prototype vehicles that can be fueled either with gas or electricity from a wall socket.

General Motors and Toyota plan to launch versions by late 2010, while Honda and some smaller manufacturers are expected to follow.

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