Convert your Prius to a plug in!

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    Apr 26, 2008 11:44 PM GMT
    At last! icon_biggrin.gif

    A commercially available conversion to turn any 2004+ Toyota Prius into a plug-in hybrid! No speciality cars or limited california zip codes needed!

    From the A123Systems teams (same company developing the GM Volt Battery)

    For those who don't know: A plug-in is a normal hybrid car with an extended battery pack that can power the car on sole electric power for a certain distance before depleting and returning to being a normal hybrid. Then you just plug it in to recharge.

    The A123Systems L5 conversion adds an electric range of up to 40 miles!

    - Additionally this works for any Second Gen Prius, 2004+ , doesn't void the Toyota Warranty, and the L5 system itself comes with a 3 year warranty. The conversion system has the additional advantage of just updating a proven technology rather than betting on something new.

    Initial Green CHIP dealers will be located in Boston, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. More to come later.
    (A123 Green CHIP = (Certified Hymotion installation Partner)

    The total cost is $9995 + all applicable taxes + $400 destination fee. Installation and a standard 3 year warranty are included. The company is now taking pre $1000 dollar deposits to get first dibs.

    Well not that I've spewed enough facts, this is what many people have been waiting for. Expensive yes, but the price will come down soon as more companies offer the same conversion. At this time only products using the HSD drive system will be offered conversions. Soon to come could be the Ford Escape/Mariner, Camry hybrid, Highlander, and Nissan Altima Hybrid.

    Personally I was thinking these would come out around 2010-2012. Looks like my plans are being pushed forward then. My civic has been a dream but looks like I'll be selling it for a used Prius this summer (Before they jump in price!) I'll be holding off for a year or too as well on the conversion, just to see if the price drops slightly.

    Compared to the next best things the only competition is the Aptera which is only available to select South Cali zip codes and costs $30,000. The Volt is still a few years away as wall and Ludite Lutz has the price at $40,000+ now. The SMART plug ins are are several years away.


  • GeorgeNJ

    Posts: 216

    Apr 27, 2008 3:05 AM GMT
    Just a rough calculation: At the current price of this unit, and with gas prices running in the current range of 3.35 - 3.50 (NJ), I would break even in about 14 months.

    Thanks for the link.
  • kjm1990

    Posts: 209

    Apr 27, 2008 3:22 AM GMT
    but there slow,an for a petrol head like me theres no roar of the motor with my stereo id drain the batterys in less then a hour
  • cacti

    Posts: 273

    Apr 27, 2008 3:54 AM GMT
    On a related note, some dude converted a Yaris on his own. icon_eek.gif

    Oh and FYI, at least in this setup's case, the acceleration is definitely greater than that of the gasoline engine. Proof is near the end of that video. icon_eek.gif