Prius Plug-in Conversion

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Almost 80 per cent of Americans commute less than 40 miles to work round trip, reports MSN Autos. Toyota Prius owners can opt for plug-in conversions that allow their hybrid to run on larger batteries and complete short commutes using little or no gasoline.

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Identification

A plug-in conversion turns a normal Prius into a plug-in hybrid that needs to be recharged at a power source once the battery runs low.

Advantages

Modifying a Prius so that it requires a trip to the recharging station might seem counterintuitive. However, a plug-in conversion Prius can support more or larger batteries, leading to a significant spike in gas mileage on short trips.

Disadvantages

Prius plug-ins are a relatively new technology. The first conversion kits were released in late 2010. That means the conversion is expensive and might not justify the savings of a lower gas bill.

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