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Prius Hack Could Give 180 Miles per Gallon

| Wednesday April 13th, 2005 | 3 Comments

prius.jpgLike 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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  • http://MikeCapone.blogspot.com Mikhail Capone

    I suppose that plug in hybrids only make sense right now where most of the electricity comes from clean sources, or if the person who does that buys electricty from a utility that offers the option to buy renewables.
    Still a pretty cool hack.

  • Christopher Bergeron

    The author is confusing greenness with saving money. Most people don’t care about the environment, they care about their wallets. If your gasoline bill goes up 200%, and your electric bill remains the same, a car like this makes perfect sense.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, even if the electricity is generated using “dirty” methods, e.g. hydro-carbon based fuels, It’s still “greener”. By moving the point of pollution production back to power generating station, you’ve removed a mobile source of pollution. Also, you’ve moved to a much more heavily regulated and thus more efficient “cleanser”. That is to say, the stuff coming out of the smoke stack at the power plant is still cleaner than the stuff coming out of the tale pipe. Especially when you consider how terribly inefficient internal combustion really is.