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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

A number of companies want to you convert your hybrid



Dear I understand that Toyota is to sell a plug-in Prius will greatly improve the already impressive fuel Will I be able to convert my (2006) Prius to make it a hybrid vehicle? — D. Rich, Kamuela, Hawaii

is readying a limited run of a plug-in which can average 100 miles per for use in government and commercial fleets in 2009. Toyota will how these cars, which have high-efficiency lithium-ion that haven’t been tested yet, will up under everyday use.

The regular Prius relies on its gas engine, switching to (or combining) use of the motor in slow traffic, to cruising speed, and when or backing up. The car doesn’t need to in because its battery stays by the gas motor and by the motion of the wheels and Essentially, a plug-in version of the reverses the roles of the two motors the hood. The plug-in will use its electric motor, allowing to go to and from work every day on the electric charge, saving the gas for longer trips that the distance the car can go on electricity alone.

Toyota has made no announcement yet as to consumers will be able to buy a that depends largely on the of the field test of the fleet But owners of a current or past don’t need to wait. with automotive mechanical can convert their Priuses to themselves.

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

The conversion is an easy DIY that you can do for about $4,000, if you to use sealed lead acid says Houston-based Jim Philippi, who his Prius last year, instructions he downloaded for free the Electric Auto Association’s website. Philippi recommends DIYers consult Google’s as well for useful background

For those less inclined to several companies now sell kits (some also kits for converting Ford hybrid SUVs). Ontario-based sells plug-in kits for model years 2004-2008 for $10,000 via contracted distributors/installers in San Seattle, and elsewhere. Other include Plug-In Conversions Plug-In Supply. EDrive Energy Control Systems Inc.. and OEMtek. All typically with select garages specialize.

One potential worry about is whether or not Toyota will the warranty that came the original vehicle. The California Initiative (CCI ), which has several hybrids to plug-ins for and demonstration purposes (sorry, not for sale), says the carmaker to clarify the matter, since cars typically have or five separate warranties. is legal precedent, CCI says, modifications cannot completely warranties — only the affected by a retrofit.

If you’re to convert, keep in mind such a move is not about savings, as it will take time for fuel savings to the upfront cost of even a DIY Most people interested in a conversion are doing it for the sake of the not their pocketbooks.

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

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