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."


Earth Policy Institute's Lester Brown offers another way to fuel the cars of the future that doesn't require a switch to natural gas.

Despite Toyota's disapproval of the $500 deposit on future plug-in Prius, one dealer plans to continue accepting them.

Chrysler circulating plug-in hybrid prototypes to dealers more advanced than earlier models. Pictured is the Chrysler EcoVoyager, in one of a trio of electric-drive concept vehicles it debuted at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.


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