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2009 plug-in Prius

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Posted by DC on November 3, 2008, 6:00 pm
Autoblog http://atu.ca/257bb

Want a 2009 Prius with a plug? It's available now, to the
lucky winner of this auction on eBay
http://atu.ca/2009Prius  . This particular vehicle was
modded by the Green Car Company out in Bellevue, Washington
and features A123's Hymotion plug-in hybrid kit already
installed. That kit doesn't come cheap and this price of
this PHEV Prius reflects that. The current bid is $2,100
but the reserve has not yet been met. The price isn't
holding people back, though, as the auction started out at
$5,000 and that 46 bids have already been placed. The good
news for plug-in fans is that all of the profits from the
sale will go to the advocacy group Plug In America, so any
excessive bidding could be seen as just a friendly donation
to PIA.

Posted by Tomes on November 3, 2008, 6:05 pm
"DC" ...

I don't see the point in a plug-in Prius.  Since the engine runs for the
first couple of miles anyway to heat things up it also tops off the
batteries while it is at it.  Therefore plugging in to top off batteries is
a big waste.   This is the way it is on my Prius anyway.  I spend my
strategy in trying to make it use up all of the electric that it builds up
all on its own to minimize gas usage.

Posted by Tomes on November 3, 2008, 6:07 pm
 "Tomes" ...

Not only that but this is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on such a
thing.  LOL indeed.

Posted by Mr. G on November 4, 2008, 12:34 am
 (ask.me@here.net) says...

A plug-in Prius is not just a standard Prius with a plug to top-off the
battery pack. (the price of the upgrade should have been a dead giveaway
to that fact.)  You should want to Google "Prius Plug-in" to see exactly
what a plug-in is.

Posted by Peter Granzeau on November 4, 2008, 10:50 pm

I have read about at least one plug-in Prius conversion--it costs six
figures, and roughly doubles the battery capacity, as I remember.  I
don't know how far it will go on a single charge, but it's like 30 miles
at or below 35 mph (e.g., pottering around in town).

Sooner ir katerm better batteres will extand that, I suppose.

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