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2003 Prius plug-in?

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Posted by phil_thayer on March 10, 2007, 7:25 pm

On calcars.org, I found the statement, "Current PHEV purchasing
options are limited. Initial conversions are for 2004-2007 Prius (not
2001-2003 Prius)",  Anybody know why PHEV is not available for the
2003 Prius ?  I like the size, visibility, turning radius, and
inexpensiveness of the Prius 2003 vs. the later models and I would buy
a 2003(or earlier) model in a flash if I could turn it into a plug-
in.  Is that possible or is there some fundamental technical
obstacle ?  Any advise is appreciated.  Thanks.

Posted by Bob Wilson on March 11, 2007, 9:17 pm

The 2004-current, NHW20 model Prius has an EV mode option that puts the
vehicle in electric vehicle (EV) mode. The 2001-2003, NHW11 lacks this
built-in feature.

I have toyed with the idea but think a better approach is to look at an
engine 'topping' cycle using a turbo-alternator to improve ICE

Bob Wilson

Posted by Michelle Steiner on March 12, 2007, 6:22 am

 bwilson4use@hotmail.com (Bob Wilson) wrote:

Not in the USA, it doesn't.  It's not even an option here.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on March 12, 2007, 12:38 pm

Not from Toyota, of course, but there's a conversion kit from Coastal
Electronics for anyone who really wants it.

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Posted by Michelle Steiner on March 13, 2007, 7:34 am

 mikePOST@TOGROUPmacconsult.com (Mike Rosenberg) wrote:

Right, but as I said, that doesn't make it an option.  When one says
that a feature is an option on a vehicle, in common parlance that means
you can buy a car with that feature for extra money.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

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