DIY Plug-in Kits

With soaring gas prices currently between $2.83 – $2.95 in Ypsilanti, MI, even hybrid car drivers are feeling the pinch, allbeit not as much as the conventional car owners. Companies such as CalCars, California’s EDrive Systems and Canada’s Hymotion are offering consumers the option of converting they current hybrids in to higher fuel saving plug-in hybrids aka PHEV. They claim that hybrids like the Toyota Prius can end up giving upto 100 mpg after converting it to a plug-in. Downside of this that it could cost anywhere from $3,000 to $12,000. CalCars plans on producing a DIY PHEV kit which will cost about $3000. Now my question is how much more will it cost to re-charge these PHEV overnight. Hymotion states it could cost about 75 cents for every 50 miles.

All these companies have already produced or are planning on developing plug-in kits for the Toyota Prius, Ford Escape Hybrid, Mercury Mariner Hybrid, Lexus RX400h, Toyota Highlander and Camry Hybrid. I think if possible one can just wait for the actual carmakers to come out with new models which are PHEV, because it would probably take what 200,000 miles at
$3 a gallon before one can actually break even after installing these kits.



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7 thoughts on “DIY Plug-in Kits

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  2. Cage

    If you get 30 miles on $3.00 of gas and 50 miles on $.75 of electricity it would take about 10,000 to 15,000 miles to pay for a $3000 phev kit. If you got your electric for free say your a kid plugging into your parents or electric is part of your rent or you have solar or wind generators not being used for something else about 7500 miles.

  3. Easton

    Cage. You need to work on your math. $3,000 buys me 1000 gallons of gas. At 30 MPG is 30,000 Miles. And you still ned to pay for the electric power.

    I wish I could buy a conversion kit that cheap but I am still looking for a kit for my Hybrid Camry for $5,000. Even then I still need to drive the car more than 50,000 miles to justify the payback.

  4. Vincent Flegeance

    The idea is to reduce the amount of oil we purchase from people that are trying to wipe us off the face of the earth. We are slaves to the people that are trying to kill us, and people talk bad about crack heads.

    In a year you will have paid for the conversion with money you have saved and will be driving around at .75 cents a gallon. Versus 3.50 by 2009.

  5. Vincent Flegeance

    I am sorry .75 cents of electricity. With a converted Prius (PHEV) you will get 100MPG.

  6. Greg Bulmash


    $3.50 by 2009? You were quite optimistic. But the deal is this… To drive 30,000 miles would require 1,000 gallons of gas or 600 of the $.75 charges. At 3.50 a gallon, you’d see $3050 in net benefit. But that would require 30,000 miles or 2-3 years of driving for the average person to net that.

    Now that gas is costing $4.39 a gallon, you’d see a $3940 savings over 30,000 miles.

    Even if you get 100 miles per $0.75 charge, you only add $225 to your savings. But this is assuming that the added batteries have the range and torque so that you never need to switch to gas and that you’re able to run all-electric all the time.

    Basically, the better the mileage you’re starting from, the more extreme the results you have to get to see significant savings. For example, if you’ve got an SUV that currently gets 18.5 MPG and you decide to dump it for an Escape hybrid which we’ll say has a combined MPG of 30, if you’re driving 1200 miles a month (14,400 miles a year) and gas is costing you $4.39, your savings is $109 a month. If your SUV is paid for, the new payment on the unmodified escape is going to be twice or triple what you’re saving at the pump.

    Trade it in on a hybrid getting 45 MPG, and you’re still only going to see $167 a month in savings.

    Where you see the big savings is when you get rid of a car that gets terrible mileage. If you’ve got a car that just gets mediocre mileage, your savings aren’t significant.

    If you’ve got a car that gets 30 MPG and drive 15,000 miles a year, and you doubled your gas mileage to 60 MPG, gas would have to get up to $9.60 a gallon for you to see $200 a month in savings.

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