Hawaii Gets Quartet of Plug-in Priuses

Green Gears's Pat Cadam retro-fit four Priuses with A123/HyMotion battery pack, improving cars overall fuel efficiency.

Published: 22-Jan-2009

Pat Cadam describes driving a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle as a "funny sensation."

He says this as he whirs down King Street toward Ward Avenue in a white Toyota Prius, the engine only kicking over to gasoline power as he speeds past 35 mph for a moment.
In the back seat, Carlos Perez of Hawaiian Electric Co. has just recalled his first turn in a hybrid car, one of the utility's seven Prius vehicles on Oahu.

"It really grows on you," Perez said. "It's just like 'Wow.' It's amazing how you really embrace it."

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