The city of Seattle, Washington and other local agencies will participate in a yearlong demonstration project to test the performance of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in an urban area.
For the project, 13 existing Priuses will be converted to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) at a total cost of $156,000. In addition to technical support, the US Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) will provide funding, which will be matched by funding from program participants. A123Systems will provide the conversion kits through its Hymotion division. (Earlier post.)
The project will test technology used to convert the second generation Priuses to PHEVs; test PHEV performance in an urban area; help evaluate PHEV-electric grid integration issues; and promote electricity as an alternative fuel for transportation.
Last week oil prices broke $90 per barrel for the first time. In King County, 52 percent of our greenhouse gas pollution comes from burning oil in our cars and trucks. For the sake of our economy, security and our climate, we need to use fewer cars and greener cars for getting around.—Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels
Three of the four City of Seattle Priuses are from City Light and the other is from the city’s Motor Pool. The plug-in Prius conversions will cost $12,000 per vehicle and will be done in the first quarter of 2008. The conversion includes the installation of equipment that will automatically collect on-road data from each vehicle. The data gathered will add to the INL’s growing database on PHEVs.
The DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory is the lead for the field performance and life testing of advanced technology vehicles.
|Seattle Plug-in Hybrid Demonstration Project|
|Participating Agency||# of Priuses Converted|
|Conversion funded by INL||Conversion funded by Participating Agency|
|City of Seattle||2||2|
|Port of Seattle||1||1|
|Puget Sound Clean Air Agency||1||2|