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Posted by Dand on May 17, 2006, 12:49 am
 


Driving home tonite in commute traffic, I heard snippets of an
interview with a guy that apparently modified his Prius with additional
batteries and a plug-charging system.  I didn't catch whether this was
a home-built thing, or if there is somebody doing this mod.  It sounds
like a great idea, as the battery range would seem to be enough to
handle most of our around-town driving, using 90-cent per gallon
(equivalent) electricity.  Anybody know anything about this?


Posted by richard schumacher on May 17, 2006, 3:53 am
 




Wait a few years and you'll be able to buy one from Toyota, at a
reasonable price, with a warranty.

Posted by Michael Pardee on May 17, 2006, 4:38 am
 


http://www.calcars.org/  and more specifically
http://www.calcars.org/priusplus.html

The economic feasibility is the big question in my mind. That's a lot of
money up front IIRC.

Mike



Posted by Bob Wilson on May 17, 2006, 10:59 am
 



The first step, if you have an NHW20, 2004 or later, is to look at the
EV button modification to your car. This lets you run short distances,
about a mile, in just EV mode. However, there is some differences of
opinion about this.

Bob Wilson

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