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    Prius +: Prius with a plug-in option

    Hello All,

    I just read in early May about the Prius + (http://www.calcars.org/priusplus.html) which gets 100+ miles to the gallon. New batteries are the reason for this, but for all of those already with a Prius, this gives a nice after-market option. Additionally, if an owner already has solar panels installed, the Prius becomes even greener.

    Cheers,

    Neal

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    Prius +: Prius with a plug-in option

    on the solar panel tip.....I meant installed on a house

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    Prius +: Prius with a plug-in option

    Hi Neal,

    You might be interested in Bob's column that is up today. He just wrote about a company in England that is doing the same thing. While I have a hybrid civic, it sure makes me want to trade it in for the prius just to have this type of option.

    Janice

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    Interseting.I just seriously noticed a prius last night.Just happened to stop in Toyota to look at a camry.I am just starting my research.Thanks for any info.
    Juanita

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    There's no way a Prius plugin gets 100+ miles / gallon. For a limited trip distance, it gets 100+ miles / (gallons + electricity).

    Look, I'm just saying - why can't we leave the FUD and half-truths to the Hummer crowd? Saying that the plugin Prius get 100+ miles per gallon is a lie unless that mileage actually comes completely from gas. Technically, I could say my Hummer got 100 miles per gallon (well, I don't own a hummer, but that's beside the point) and just sort of leave out the fact that that's because I coasted it down the highway going down a mountain. But that's not real helpful or accurate, is it?

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    Actually, the well-to-wheels efficiency (assuming that oil was used to produce the electricity you used - useful for comparison) of the Prius + is probably well over 100 mpg in electric-only mode. If most of your driving is electric only, you'll get well over 100 mpg well-to-wheels.
    Of course, the downside is that you go out of electric only mode when you exceed about 30 mph.
    Even kicking on the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE); you get much better mpg than with the minimal battery from the stock Prius. I doubt that it is 100 mpg but 60 mpg wouldn't surprise me.
    I suspect that Felix Kramer drove pretty slowly when he got 120 mpg on his initial drive from LA to San Francisco.

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    the reason for this, but for

    the reason for this, but for all of those already with a Prius, this gives a nice after-market option. Additionally, iTechnology Review

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