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Toyota Prius, Ford Escape Hybrid, Lexus GS 450h, Fuel System, Engine, Hybrid Cars, Future Vehicle, Hatchback, Sedan, SUV
#26 of 75 Re: Lithium-ion batteries for Hybrids? [gagrice]
Jul 24, 2006 (8:57 am)
I thank you for starting the posts on this topic. The cost of fossil fuels in money and pollution has led to many startups for new automotive powerplants. Tesla is an example: it was funded by Silicon Valley venture capital. There are other ventures aimed at big lithium-ion batteries which can get around their operating tempurature limitations. Ultimately one wants large capacitors instead of batteries. There is big money at work on this. For example, a joint venture of Dupont in the USA and Teijin in Japan for large capacitors. And there's the important and promising research on capacitors at academic institutions such as MIT.
#27 of 75 Plug-in Priuses
Jul 24, 2006 (9:12 am)
When Jim Press announced that Toyota was working on plug-in hybrids it was treated as something new. Actually in 2005 the Toyota Dream House (mine too) that was exhibited for 6 months at that time had a complete Prius plug-in setup. Particularly interesting to me, since I get power from a rural electric coop which has its downtimes, is the use of the Prius to supply electricity to the house if needed. I refer you to this website:
#28 of 75 Re: Plug-in Priuses [idele]
Jul 24, 2006 (10:06 am)
It was "treated as new" because no one at Toyota Corporate had ever announced OFFICIALLY that Toyota was looking into PEVs as an item they would sell as a production car.
This was the first time.
#29 of 75 battery charger for a 2006 prius
Aug 20, 2006 (8:29 am)
i am about to purchase a 2006 prius,and would like to know if there is a after market charger i could use in my garage at a reasonable price. also would charging the batteries hurt it? and would i have to add additional batteries to attain some results and still be cost efficient-mike please respond-thank you michaeltnevillecomcast.net
#30 of 75 Re: battery charger for a 2006 prius [michaeltnevill]
Aug 20, 2006 (11:46 am)
It would void your warranty, and the Prius, and other Hybrids, are not made to be "topped' off, but rather keep the battery at about 70-75%. This is to give head room for the regenerative breaking system to charge while driving, etc.
To keep it at 100% would actually shorten the battery life and impair the system, I believe.
#31 of 75 Re: battery charger for a 2006 prius [michaeltnevill]
Aug 28, 2006 (1:00 pm)
The beauty of the Prius and other Hybrid systems is that they automatically recharge themselves.
No plug-in is needed!
#32 of 75 Re: battery charger for a 2006 prius [midnightcowboy]
Aug 28, 2006 (1:09 pm)
The best of both for the real world.
#33 of 75 Re: battery charger for a 2006 prius [midnightcowboy]
Aug 29, 2006 (2:38 pm)
Yes, there is a beauty with the Prius and other Hybrid systems in that they automatically recharge themselves.
But true beauty is a Prius or hybird where you have an 'optional' ability to plug in and get a 100 mile boost. So for your commuter workweek, you can average 100 miles per gallon. You still don't have to plug in -- but if you want to get a boost, you could average 100 mpg for those everyday trips.
#34 of 75 Re: battery charger for a 2006 prius [timinalaska]
Aug 29, 2006 (8:56 pm)
How can you get 100mpg except for coasting?
Would be great to hear. I have had my 2006 Prius for about 2 months now and am getting 47.5 mpg. Thanks for the info. I'm in Alaska also.
#35 of 75 Re: battery charger for a 2006 prius [timinalaska] electricity costs
Aug 30, 2006 (4:21 am)
You must be an optimist looking through rose colored glasses. Electric cost to plug-in and charge a battery is not free. You have to equate the cost to equvalent gallons of gas and in doing so recalculate you effective mileage. Remember no energy conversion is 100% efficient coal/hydro > electric> transformers for distribution > battery > mechanical car; there is alway loss!. I surmise you might be suprised to find that if you did have and elctric pulg-in your effective gas mileage would probably go down ; not up.