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Learn How You Can Plug-in Your Hybrid

To Plug, or not To Plug? That will be the question in late 2010. The biggest advantage of today’s gas/electric hybrids is that they don’t need to be plugged in to a power source in order to recharge their batteries. So what’s with all the static about automakers introducing plug-in hybrids such as the Chevrolet Volt, or the Toyota Prius with a Hymotion L5 conversion kit from A123 System?

When larger or additional batteries are added to the equation, plug-in hybrids can run exclusively on electricity more of the time than conventional hybrids can. The end result is that they use less gasoline says Poughkeepsie Toyota dealers. A 42-mpg Toyota Prius Touring model was tested with a plug-in conversion and its gas mileage increased to 67 mpg overall, during the first 35 miles of test driving, after the battery depleted its charge. A Lexington Toyota dealer says this is great news for a driver with a relatively short commute because it drastically cuts gasoline consumption. Tell that to the 78% of Americans who drive less than 40 miles per day, round-trip (according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics).

The Hymotion L5 conversion kit, by A123 Systems, was installed at a Toyota dealership in Massachusetts, one of seven U.S. service centers that do the conversion. Although the standard hybrid system including the nickel-metal battery remains intact, Toyota dealer Cheyenne warms this is not a minor addition of a few Toyota parts as the conversion adds a large, 5 Kilowatt Hour lithium battery pack and a 110 Volt charging port at the rear bumper of the vehicle. The existing energy monitor in the Prius’ dashboard is also modified to show the new battery’s amount of charge.

The Chevrolet Colt will most likely run exclusively on electric power while the on-board batteries remain charged. A Westminster Toyota dealer says that system could mean that drivers that make solely shorter trips might never use any gasoline at all. The gasoline engine will only ‘kick in’ to recharge the battery pack if and when needed. The gasoline engine does not power the vehicle directly.

The cost of converting the Prius to plug-in power was more than one could ever expect to see in actual gas savings admits Toyota dealers Olympia. Plus the actual 8 mpg achieved during testing was not quite up to par with claims of 100 mpg. HoweverFind Article, the plug-in Prius does show that this technology will produce huge gains in fuel-economy. And we drivers are more than happy to be headed in this direction for the future of hybrid vehicles.

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Joe Kent is a writer for TK Carsites, an automotive website design and marketing firm in Orange, CA, that specializes in working with car dealers nationwide.



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