Plug-in hybrids are the "killer app" of alternative automotive energy says Google. That's a fancy way of saying they've got some Googlebux, and they're not afraid to use them. The company's funding a new program called RechargeIT, a Google.org initiative aiming to reduce CO2 emissions and petroleum use, but also to feed power back to the electrical grid. That's correct — the once pie-in-the-sky concept of vehicle-to-grid (VTG) tech is getting a major supporter with the R&D pockets to get something mainstream to happen. How can you stop these people? Poor Yahoo!

Recharge a Car, Recharge the Grid, Recharge the Planet [Google.org]

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