Scott Hanselman

Mod your Prius to get 180 MPG

June 27, 2005 Comment on this post [2] Posted in XML
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What a cool idea. You'd get the best of both worlds, I could go to and from work and never hit the gasoline engine, but then when it's time to drive to Redmond, I'd get 100MPG on the freeway and hit the gas engine occasionally. If only it were $1,200, and not $12,000...from Mike's List:

A startup near Los Angeles, California, called Energy Control Systems Engineering has created a system for tricking a Toyota Prius into delivered up to 180 miles per gallon in the city, and up to 100 miles per gallon on the freeway. The system involves extra batteries, which must be charged by the user, and a hack that tricks the Prius into thinking its batteries always have a full charge. The company plans to sell the hack via a company called Clean-Tech for about $12,000.


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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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June 28, 2005 21:29
Keep looking! I heard about this a month or two ago. The story at that time concerned hobbyists cooking up their own mods. I can't believe the batteries and extra hardware are that much money. Clean-Tech seems to be charging a high premium, pardon the pun...
June 30, 2005 2:39
I put a new air filter and exhaust on my Suburban for 450 bucks. Went from 16 miles to the gallon to 18. Just trying to make a diffence in the world global oil economy! The only issue I have is the modification also boosted the horsepower and noise. Its so fun to get into the gas and listen to the roar that I loose all milage gained. Just another Hanselman out there saving gas.

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