The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 April 2008

Making the Prius Priuser

A company called Hymotion is taking deposits for a Toyota Prius plug-in kit which will make visits to the gas station even rarer:

According to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), half of the cars in the U.S. are driven just 25 miles a day or less. Hymotion's L5 Plug-in Conversion Modules enable your vehicle to achieve outstanding fuel economy by electrically supplementing the hybrid drivetrain for up to 40 miles. When the Hymotion L5 module is fully depleted, your vehicle will function as a standard hybrid until you recharge.

What's in the box:

The kit consists of a 5kWh battery pack filled with A123 lithium ion cells that fits into any second-generation (2004-2008) Prius. The pack can be fully charged in 4.5 hours at 110V and Hymotion claims a converted Prius will get up to 100mpg for 30-40 miles. Your mileage will of course vary.

You will not come close to paying for this with your fuel savings: the kit, including installation, sells for $9,995 plus $400 shipping. Still, if you've always wanted a plug-in car and you don't have $100k for a Tesla, this is about as close as you're likely to get until Chevy produces some Volts.

Posted at 12:22 PM to Driver's Seat , Family Joules