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.