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EDrive Systems Testing Plug-In Prius Hybrid

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EnergyCS of California is deep into testing of a plug-in Toyota Prius, and it's delivered a prototype to California's South Coast Air Quality Management District for evaluation. One of the next generation of hybrid vehicles, the EDrive-equipped Prius barely sips gas while its more powerful plug-in batteries do most of the work, resulting in efficiency that might top 100mpg.

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If all goes well with the testing and demonstration of these vehicles and the company's plug-in conversion system, EnergyCS will market the modified Priuses under the EDrive brand. The company says it will be "taking orders soon."


E-Drive Systems Delivers Plug-In Prius to California [treehugger]

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The appeal of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) is not only due to their environmental benefit. Currently, the U.S.A. imports 60% of the oil it uses, and 69% of its oil consumption is due to transportation alone ([www.eia.doe.gov]). Nationally, only 3% of its electricity is produced from oil ([www.eia.doe.gov]). Therefore, the widespread adoption of PHEVs would bring about a significant reduction in oil consumption and imports. While about 50% of U.S. electricity comes from coal, the additional emissions caused by charging PHEVs could be cleaned with algae to produce biodiesel & ethanol ([www.csmonitor.com]). If Toyota or GM don't bring out a PHEV by 2009 or so, I'll buy one from Venture Vehicles for commuting & roadtrips, and save my gasoline car for when I absolutely need more room ([www.flytheroad.com] & http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadget…