Re: 150 MPG from a Toyota Prius
- At 07:39 PM Saturday 10/20/2007, Robert Seeberger wrote:
>http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/34422/113/And the further you go, the more it approaches the baseline
>TG Video: Aftermarket lithium-ion battery pack squeezes 150 MPG from a
>Ontario (CA) - A new lithium-ion battery pack for the Toyota Prius may
>not lower gas prices, but it promises to make trips to the gas station
>less frequent - a lot less frequent. Made by Hymotion and A123
>Systems - the same folks that brought you the batteries in the
>Killacycle - this aftermarket kit converts the car into a plug-in
>hybrid and allows it to run on electric power for the first forty
>miles of a trip. As you can expect, total gas mileage goes through
>the roof and company executives claim drivers can easily exceed 150
>miles-per-gallon in the city and 100 MPG on the highways.
figure. I suppose if you are driving across the country to see
grandma, you could carry an extension cord and plug it into an outlet
when you stop for the night at a motel along the way and get the
first 40 miles of the day off the battery (assuming that you get a
ground-floor room and the management doesn't object).
>We inspected one of Hymotion's specially outfitted cars at the CleanNot much help when the belt separates or a long nail or screw goes
>Vehicle Technology Expo in Ontario California. The 175-pound battery
>pack installs in the spare tire well of the trunk and you still have
>the entire trunk space for cargo. You can even lay the spare tire on
>top of the battery pack, but Nick Rothman, a kit installer for Green
>Gears, told us that some companies go without the spare and carry a
>can of "Fix a Flat" instead.
through the side of the tire.
>In your average Prius, the gasoline engine still does the majority ofWhich is more than some people have to pay for an entire vehicle.
>the work and the batteries merely take over at low speeds. The
>Hymotion-equipped car, however, works much differently. Owners charge
>up their vehicles with a regular 110 or 220 volt extension cord and
>afterwards the car will drive dozens of miles solely on electrical
>power. From empty, the five kilovolt battery pack charges in about
>six hours with 110 volt and 3 hours with 220 volt electricity.
>According to Rothman, the kit takes about four hours to install and a
>few more hours of testing and configuration. Other than the extra
>batteries and an added charging outlet, the Prius remains stock and
>The Hymotion kits are currently being tested by several companies, but
>Ricardo Bazzarella, President of Hymotion, told us Prius owners won't
>have to wait long to get their own kits and plans on having them
>available in the first quarter of 2008 for approximately $9500 dollars
-- Ronn! :)