From the recent LA Times article on EV's: Toyota Prius Plug-inJoining the regular hybrid Prius — the mother of all green cars — this plug-in version is one of the more innovative EVs available today. Unlike other plug-ins, it runs on a 1.8-liter gas engine when the batteries are depleted. Call it EV light, if you will. It has a maximum electric-only range of around 15 miles at speeds up to 62 mph. And when it operates as a straight-up hybrid like the regular Prius, it gets 49 mpg around town. The big difference is that the plug-in can be fully juiced at home in three hours with a 120-volt outlet – especially efficient for short commutes and errands around town. Typical driving habits net an EPA average equivalent 87 mpg.The Prius Plug-in may well forge a special niche. Driving a true EV has never been so easy, accessible or practical.