Prius Hack Could Give 180 Miles per Gallonby Nick Aster on Wednesday, Apr 13th, 2005 ShareClick to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)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] Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com TriplePundit.com has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place. Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.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. Follow Nick Aster @nickaster 3 responses 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. 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. 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. Comments are closed.