Prius PHEV conversion

Discussion in 'PHEV or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle' started by krousdb, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. New Yorker

    New Yorker Member

    Did anyone pass the State Annual Inspection with this kit? I know federal law requires a lot of safety certifications. Did the dealer scream at you and voided your warrenty when you check up twice a year at the dealer?
  2. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I installed a 4kWh kit in my '06 MMH. Jack was extremely kind and
    helpful. I'm happy with the early results. My very short commute
    to work was killing my average, but now I'm averaging about 40mpg.
    Longer runs can get huge numbers relative to what I'm used to. I got
    in the mid-60s during a 16 mile trip around town. Average speed around
    30mph, high around 45. Elevation change in my neighborhood of minus/
    plus 200 feet.

    The kit packaging has improved a lot. (sealed 2kWh battery packs, cable
    harness with Anderson connectors) The dc-dc converter is now rated at
    5kW. My converter is adjusted to 350V-10A (conservative). I don't have
    a complete enclosure for the kit, but the whole thing is securely strapped
    to the original battery lift points

    I find this "mild plug-in" system quite a boon for an aging hybrid SUV. The
    only negative is the fan noise from the dc-dc converter. And extra benefit
    is the ability to soak up some solar power while parked. (50W panel trickle

  3. LeeD

    LeeD New Member

    Any update how how it's working for you?

    Thank you for sharing what you have already. I'm considering the system myself for my Gen1 Prius.

  4. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Hi LeeD,

    You might consider another solution as the original Enginer company is
    out of business and the remaining hardware is being sold and supported
    by another company. Please check out the link from the web

    Good luck,

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