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3Prong Power Upgrades Any Prius to Plug-in Status

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On October 27, 2009 @ 4:00 pm In Green Transportation,Innovation | Comments Disabled

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Toyota is leasing 500 prototype plug-in [1] hybrid Prius’s to lucky recipients in the U.S, Europe, and Japan next year, but what about all the other Prius [2] owners who want to provide some plug-in juice to their cars? Enter 3Prong Power [3], a Berkeley, California startup that offers plug-in hybrid conversions for first, second and third generation Prius’s as well as the Ford Escape Hybrid [4].

sustainable design, green design, transportation, electric vehicle kit, prius, 3prong, phev, evPhoto by Chris Duffey for the East Bay Express [5]

The conversion, which is the first available for first generation Prius’s, creates a 35-mile EV mode for the vehicles. So drivers can fill up with petroleum at a gas station — or fill the electric tank in any standard electrical outlet.

3Prong’s conversion isn’t cheap, with prices ranging from $3,499 to $11,499 (the most expensive option has a 40-mile EV mode). But at the same time, the conversion stands to cut fuel costs by up to a quarter, since electricity costs less than petroleum. At the moment, 3Prong only offers its services in the Bay Area [6]. Don’t be surprised, however, if similar Prius conversion companies pop up elsewhere as PHEV [7]s become more popular.

+ 3Prong Power [8]

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URLs in this post:

[1] plug-in: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/06/norfolk-southern-unveils-zero-emission-plug-in-electric-train/

[2] Prius: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/08/transportation-tuesday-solar-powered-toyota-prius/

[3] 3Prong Power: http://www.3prongpower.com/

[4] Ford Escape Hybrid: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/01/31/green-seats-ford-escape-to-use-recycled-upholstery/

[5] East Bay Express: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/news/who_s_killing_the_plug_in_hybrid_/Content?oid=903061

[6] Bay Area: http://www.inhabitat.com/sf/

[7] PHEV: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plug-in_hybrid

[8] + 3Prong Power: http://www.3prongpower.com/index.html

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