-- Maybe someday (what's holding you back now?)
by Jim Baber - 8/24/05 10:27 PM
In Reply to: Hybrid Cars by Kandy-99
I like the Prius right now, but, I won't be buying a car for at least 1 year, despite the esclation of fuel prices. I really prefer the concept of the Prius+ the version EnergyCS completed Feb 2005.
This prototype of the Prius PLUS uses an externally charged battery, unlike the stock version, which is how the car is able to get 120 - 150 mpg on a 70 mi trip. 80% at 55 mph on a freeway, and the rest at city speeds.
To do this the car also used 2.100 kWh from the enhanced batteries that was not recharged by the cars internal combustion engine, but from an overnight charge from PG&E. The electric power cost was $0.231 at the Time Of Use off summer peak electric rate plus the gasoline cost of about $1.50 for a total of $1.74.
Even better, if it had been my car, I could easily have recharged the battery from some of my surplus power from my PV solar (on grid) which has averaged a daily surplus ($2.44) since June 14 th. I would sure like to use that surplus instead of gasoline wouldn't you?
I admit this does not talk about the system cost itself, and at the prototype cost of $12,000 very unlikely, however the production version is expected to run about 2,000 to 3,000 over the stock Prius and that makes it very much more reasonable.
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