Toyota Prius Plug-In

Toyota Prius Plug-In

Electric cars are coming, electric cars are coming!

Not so fast. While electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Roadster are already here, plug-in hybrids are stepping stones between hybrids and full electric cars for many manufacturers.

Toyota is set to launch the new 2012 Plug-In Prius early next year, and Fisker is set to deliver its first Karma plug-in hybrid sedan this month. While the Prius Plug-In falls into the future category, Chevrolet is already selling the Volt, and will take sales nationwide very soon.

While these new plug-in vehicles are a step forward for hybrid owners in many ways, does it matter? Yes, plug-in hybrids use less gasoline and rely on electricity which can save consumers quite a bit of money. It also lowers our dependance on foreign oil while causing less pollution.

But are automakers wasting time with this stepping-stone technology instead of jumping straight into the deep end of the fully-electric pool?

Today we ask you, do plug-in hybrids matter? Tweet us your response and make sure to include the hashtag #PlugInHybrids -- and you'll join the chorus right here via CoverItlLive.