Hymotion Prius Plug-in Conversion Kit Gives 100+ MPG For Short Distances

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Like the previously released EDrive kit, this Hymotion Prius conversion package lets you convert your stock Prius into one that can be plugged in for charging. After a 4.5-hour charge time, your Prius will be able to use more battery power over about 30-40 miles in order achieve that mileage.

The kit isn't cheap—it's $9995 with three-year warranty and installation—but it is slightly cheaper than the 2006 $10-$12k price of the EDrive (we haven't been able to find a more current price). Most of us probably wouldn't pay an extra $10k on top of the $20k or so you paid for a Prius in the first place, so you might want to sit tight for factory Plugin EVs in the next few years unless you really, really need to smell your own farts now. [Hymotion]

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The Prius batteries have an 8 year warranty, and typically, a person would drive 12000 miles a year.

That basically means that my Prius has a life expectancy of around 100K miles, and I can expect to buy 2000 gallons of gas during the lifetime of the car.

Unless the average price of gas during that lifetime is $5 or more, there's no break even here, even if I paid nothing extra for the electricity.

As someone else said, you don't buy this just to save money on gas, because it won't happen. You buy it to reduce your gas consumption, reduce the amount of greenhouse gases you generate, and to promote the technology so that it might become cheaper. Someone's gotta be on the bleeding edge.