The prototype Prius Plug-in Hybrid developed by EnergyCS and Valence Technology (earlier post) will participate in the Tour de Sol Championship Race and Monte Carlo-style Rally on May 13-16. (Earlier post.)
Introduced at the EVS21 show in Monaco, the prototype is the basis for the development of the retrofit kit to be sold by EDrive. (Earlier post.)
EnergyCS replaced the original battery controller with its own design, added a charger so that the vehicle can be plugged into an electrical outlet (120V or 220V), and replaced the nickel-metal-hydride batteries with Valence’s lithium-ion system. The PHEV modified by EnergyCS offers full electric mode at speeds of up to 33 mph (53 km/h), and potential fuel economy of up to 180 miles per gallon for an average commute of 50-60 miles per day.
The Tour de Sol will award prizes to hybrid or biodiesel vehicles that travel a minimum of 150 miles, at an average of greater than 60 mpg. A $5,000 prize will be given to the most fuel-efficient vehicle that breaks the 100 mpg barrier.