Like all good hacks, this probably voids your warranty, but a group of enterprising folks in silicon valley have managed to rig a Toyota Prius with a plug. This allows users to crank the batteries to maximum charge overnight, reducing the amount of gasoline needed. One enthusiast claims an astonishing 180mpg is possible. No word on his electric bill, but Toyota and other skeptics claim the batteries just aren’t made to handle this sort of abuse, and environmentalists remind us – the ‘greeness’ of an electric car is only as good as the source the electricity comes from. [Cnet article here]
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Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.
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