|EPA Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule (UDDS) test results for an L5-equipped Prius. The heavy gray lines show when the engine is in operation. Click to enlarge.|
A123Systems has fully launched the Hymotion L5 plug-in hybrid module designed to convert a Toyota Prius, model years 2004 – 2008, into a plug-in hybrid capable of achieving up to 100 mpg for 30-40 miles within the electrically assisted driving range. A123Systems acquired Hymotion in February 2007. (Earlier post.)
The 5 kWh L5 Plug-in Conversion Module (PCM) is priced at $9,995, which includes a three-year standard warranty and installation. Currently, Hymotion is only conducting L5 installations in the United States through Certified Hymotion Installation Partners (Green CHIP dealers). Canadian vehicles can be brought to US installation locations.
|The A123Systems Hymotion L5 Plug-in Conversion Module (PCM) for the Prius. Click to enlarge.|
A123Systems is currently establishing and certifying its CHIP dealer network in cities around the country. Initial Green CHIP dealers will be located in Boston, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
In April 2008, in the absence of established PHEV certification procedures, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) outlined a path for conditional approval for A123Systems to sell up to 500 L5 PCMs in California as a means of initiating the rollout. The company is now in the process of finalizing that approval.
A123Systems and others are working with ARB to establish full certification procedures for PHEVs. Once those procedures are final, there would be no restriction on quantities sold (assuming the L5 meets certification).
The L5 module fits in the spare wheel well of the Prius, preserving trunk space.