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    And that's why I treat my Prius like a space ship, just firing the booster for several seconds, then coasting!  That's the way to get 100+ mpg with a Prius, but even short of extreme hyper-miling the Prius gets excellent mileage with the streamlined shape and excellent coasting ability.

    So it sounds like the Prius could be upgraded to 70+ mpg with Li-ion batteries, and maybe a plug-hybrid version of the Prius will be out by the time the slumbering taxpayer fed GM finally spews out a few thousand Volts.

    Aftermarket plug-hybrid Prius:

    The conversion package increases the car’s fuel mileage with the addition of a 170-pound high-energy rechargeable plug-in lithium-ion battery module.

    The lithium-ion battery can power the Prius for 40 miles, then it needs a recharge. Until then, the Prius goes back to using the factory battery as well as the gasoline engine.

    Plug Hybrid Prius

    So 40 miles for $.60 worth of electricity, that is  1.5 cents per mile for fuel, I pay about 5 cents per mile now for gasoline.

    "I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak." - Barack Obama, 3-24-09

    by MD patriot on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 02:00:49 PM PDT

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