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Earth Talk: Toyota Prius

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EarthTalk: I understand that is planning to sell a plug-in that will greatly the car’s already impressive efficiency.  Will I be able to my older (2006) Prius to it a plug-in hybrid vehicle? Albert D. Rich, Kamuela, HI


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 ion batteries that haven’t fully tested yet, hold up under everyday

Essentially, a plug-in version of the reverses the roles of the two motors the hood. The regular Prius more on its gas engine, switching to (or use of the electric motor in slow to maintain cruising speed, and idling or backing up. The car doesn’t to plug in because its battery charged by the gas motor and by the motion of the and brakes.

The plug-in will primarily use its motor, allowing commuters to go to and work every day fully on the charge, saving the gas engine for trips that exceed the the car can go on electricity alone.

Toyota has no announcement yet as to when consumers be able to buy a plug-in; that largely on the results of the field of the fleet version. But owners of a or past model don’t to wait. Those with mechanical skills can convert Priuses to plug-ins themselves.

“The conversion is an easy DIY project that you can do for about if you choose to use sealed lead batteries,” says Houston-based Jim who converted his Prius last using instructions he downloaded for from the Electric Auto PriusPlus.org website. Philippi that DIYers consult RechargeIT.org as well for useful information.

For those less to a DIY, several companies now readymade kits (some have kits for converting Escape Hybrid SUVs). Hymotion sells plug-in for Prius model years for around $10,000 via contracted in San Francisco, Seattle and elsewhere. providers include Plug-In Corp. Plug-In Supply, Systems, Energy Control Engineering Inc. and OEMtek.

All typically work with garages that specialize.

One worry about conversions is or not Toyota will honor the that came with the vehicle. The California Cars (CCI), which has converted hybrids to plug-ins for research and purposes (sorry, they’re not for says the carmaker needs to the matter, since hybrid typically have four or separate warranties. There is precedent, CCI says, that cannot completely void the part(s) affected by a retrofit.

If you’re looking to convert, in mind that such a is not about cost-savings, as it will some time for fuel to justify the upfront cost of a DIY. Most people in such a conversion are doing it for the of the environment, not their pocketbooks.

CONTACTS: PriusPlus, www.priusplus.org; Conversions Corp. www.pluginconversions.com; Supply, www.pluginsupply.com; EDrive www.edrivesystems.com; Energy Control Engineering, www.energycs.com; OEMtek, CCI, www.calcars.org.

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