Massachusetts to Convert 10 Priuses to Plug-Ins

The conversions are expected to cost $8,000 to $10,000 per vehicle.

Published: 03-Oct-2007

Massachusetts officials are planning a pilot project to introduce plug-in hybrid technology to the state vehicle fleet.

The test program will aim at retrofitting 10 state hybrids -- from SUVs to passenger vehicles -- with plug-in power, enabling the vehicles to run partially on electricity, and gaining a fivefold increase in efficiency, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles announced at a press conference Friday afternoon.

The conversions are expected to cost $8,000 to $10,000 per vehicle, Bowles said.


CityCab's fuel consumption and emissions are both extremely low thanks to the hybrid powertrain by Toyota and the vehicle's ultra-light body.

The Aura Green Line will be what some auto observers call a 'mild hybrid,' which has a smaller battery pack than a full-hybrid vehicle such as the Escape and Mariner.

GM will introduce a hybrid car in Korea in late 2007 or early 2008. Through GM Daewoo Auto and Technology, GM's Korean operation, the carmaker is expected to unveil a hybrid-version of the Winstorm.


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