One concern for the conversion kits is their reliability and whether they would void a vehicle’s original factory warranty. In this regard, plug-in hybrids built by automakers are a safer bet than conversion kits
Hybrid Conversion Kits:Prius
Through the increased use of electric drive, the Hymotion Plug-in Conversion Module enables the Prius to achieve in excess of up to 100 mpg for 30-40 miles* over a range of up to 40 miles, dependent upon driving conditions.
2. Poulsen Hybrid. Poulsen Hybrid is offering conversion kits that turn any conventional car into a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle by mounting small electric motors onto the rear wheels. The Poulsen system also uses a lithium-ion battery pack and will double a car’s gas mileage, says Poulsen, the system’s creator.
The projected price of the Poulsen Hybrid is: $3,500
Deep cycle lead acid batteries (not included): $400-450
72V 15 A charger for lead acid batteries. (optional): $300
4.3 KWh Lithium Ion battery pack with battery management system and dedicated 25A charger: approximately $4,500
So $8000 + $600 installation for lithium ion batteries and $4250 + $600 for the lead acid battery version.
3. VS Composites’ $4,000 Electrocharger, due in 2009, also works with any conventional car, including ones whose engines have a turbocharger or supercharger — good news for car enthusiasts, who seek out such engines for the added power and acceleration they bring.
4. A new kind of hybrid vehicle being developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich could save almost as much fuel as today’s gas-electric hybrids, but at a fraction of the cost.
The system will add only about 20 percent to the cost of a conventional engine, whereas the extra components required in hybrid electric vehicles
Source: Next Big Future
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