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The California Cars Initiative wasn’t content with the hybrid engine technology in the Toyota Prius, so it’s gone a step further: The group is souping up the vehicles with additional batteries and the ability to plug into a wall socket to charge up.
CalCars technology lead Ron Gremban (left) and founder Felix Kramer stand by the converted Prius+, which they say can get 100 miles per gallon of gas.
On the dashboard stands the modified car’s control/display unit. The standard Prius display continues to work.
The EnergyCS/EDrive lithium-ion battery pack in Kramer’s converted Prius.
Members of the Prius+ team, which did its first conversion in September 2004, starting with a low-cost lead-acid battery pack. From left to right: Gremban, Kramer, Marc Geller, Kevin Lyons, Andrew Lawton.