by Jack Rosebro
The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) has made awards from its $10-million New York State Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Technology Initiative to four companies for the conversion of conventional hybrids to plug-in hybrids: Hymotion, Hybrids Plus, Electrovaya and EnergyCS.
NYSERDA awarded Hymotion and A123Systems contracts to provide three converted plug-in hybrid electric passenger vehicles (PHEVs)—one each of the Prius, Honda Civic and Ford Escape.
Evaluation will be carried out by Argonne National Laboratory, which has been has been designated by the US Department of Energy’s Office of FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies as lead national laboratory for the simulation, validation and laboratory evaluation of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, as well as advanced technologies required for PHEVs.
NYSERDA’s objective is to evaluate PHEV technology in our most common hybrid vehicles and to promote its adoption by the state’s hybrid fleet. Eventually, with economies of scale, we hope plug-in conversion companies can offer this service to the general public.
A123Systems and Hymotion are offering us a unique conversion package to demonstrate this technology quickly, safely and efficiently.—Peter Smith, president and CEO of NYSERDA
NYSERDA has received their first PHEV conversion, a Toyota Prius, for approval and testing. It is expected to get up to 220 miles per gallon and cut carbon dioxide emissions in half as compared to an unmodified Prius.
The A123Systems solution incorporates batteries into a highly advanced, production-ready PHEV module that is lightweight, compact and requires minimal modification to the stock vehicle. All necessary components and safety features are integrated and contained within the module, including batteries, power electronics, charger, battery management system, safety sensors and manual-electric interlock. Due to its plug and play installation, the system does not require removal of the OEM battery pack.
NYSERDA awarded a contract to Hybrids Plus for the conversion of a Ford Escape Hybrid to a plug-in hybrid. (Earlier post.)
This project, as part of the New York State Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Technology Initiative, is proving the viability of PHEV technology and the related environmental benefits when applied to the sport utility vehicle (SUV).
After converting the Ford Escape Hybrid the PHEV conversion kit will undergo testing and qualification for deployment in the New York State-owned vehicle fleet.
New York State seeks to accelerate the adoption and use of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the State fleet and as personal vehicles. We, at NYSERDA, are pleased to work with Hybrids Plus to convert the Ford Escape Hybrid to plug-in service.—Peter Smith
ShurePower, of Rome, NY will assist Hybrids Plus in the evaluation and testing of the conversion. ShurePower presently deploys Truck Stop Electrification Technologies—a plug-in infrastructure at truck stops, rest areas, travel plazas, warehouses, and truck depots—which provides the electricity needs of long haul drivers without having to idle engines.
Another award for the conversion of the Ford Escape Hybrid to a plug-in hybrid went to Electrovaya (maker of the Maya 100 EV—earlier post).
The fourth award went to EnergyCS for the conversion of a Prius to a plug-in. EnergyCS has a number of Prius PHEV undergoing testing by various agencies in the US and Canada. (Earlier post.)
(Thanks to Davide Andrea of Hybrids Plus for pointing out the omission of Electrovaya and EnergyCS in the original post. )