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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 | Comments Disabled
Toyota is leasing 500 prototype plug-in  hybrid Prius’s to lucky recipients in the U.S, Europe, and Japan next year, but what about all the other Prius  owners who want to provide some plug-in juice to their cars? Enter 3Prong Power , 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 .
Photo by Chris Duffey for the East Bay Express 
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 . Don’t be surprised, however, if similar Prius conversion companies pop up elsewhere as PHEV s become more popular.
+ 3Prong Power 
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URLs in this post:
 plug-in: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/06/norfolk-southern-unveils-zero-emission-plug-in-electric-train/
 Prius: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/08/transportation-tuesday-solar-powered-toyota-prius/
 3Prong Power: http://www.3prongpower.com/
 Ford Escape Hybrid: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/01/31/green-seats-ford-escape-to-use-recycled-upholstery/
 East Bay Express: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/news/who_s_killing_the_plug_in_hybrid_/Content?oid=903061
 Bay Area: http://www.inhabitat.com/sf/
 PHEV: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plug-in_hybrid
 + 3Prong Power: http://www.3prongpower.com/index.html
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