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Coalition is plugging rechargeable cars

WASHINGTON — Plugging a car into a garage wall is the wave of the future, according to a new coalition that hopes to persuade auto companies to build newer and better hybrids.

The "Plug-in Partners" Coalition kicked off a national campaign Tuesday with a plan to issue quarterly reports to automakers showing the need for — and willingness by consumers to buy — an electric car that can be recharged by plugging it into a regular wall socket.

The cars would still use regular gas for longer trips in between charges but would help reduce emissions and reliance on gasoline for trips less than 25 miles.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, wants to see the plug-in hybrids developed.

Congress approved Hatch's Clean Efficient Automobiles Resulting from Advanced Car Technologies Act in a major energy bill last year. It created tax credits to those who buy alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, such as battery electric and hybrid cars.