Battery-Maker A123 Begins Taking Orders for its Plug-in Conversion Modules for the Toyota Prius


hymotion_l5_plug-in_conversion-module A123Systems starts accept consumer deposits for Plug-in Conversion Modules capable of increasing fuel economy to more than 100 miles per gallon and reducing CO2 emissions by more than 50%. A123Systems announced the launch of its Hymotion product line’s new Web site,, designed to provide information and take orders from individuals interested in purchasing the L5 Plug-in Conversion Module (PCM) for the Toyota Prius.

A123 also continues to sell Hymotion Plug-in Conversion Modules to fleet and government buyers, with more than 50 vehicles currently on the road in corporate and government demonstration programs.

The Hymotion product line is fully tested PCM that meets or exceeds federal requirements for crash-worthiness and emissions. Based on independent testing performed at Argonne National Labs as well as Idaho National Labs, the L5 PCM will enable a Toyota Prius to obtain fuel economies of more than 100 miles per gallon.

The battery-maker is in the process of developing and certifying a nationwide dealer network for the Hymotion product line, beginning with Hymotion dealerships in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Boston and Washington, D.C. In an important step for broad acceptance, A123 has been working with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and has outlined a path for conditional approval from CARB to sell up to 500 conversion modules in the state of California to begin its consumer launch.

According to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), half of the cars in the U.S. are driven just 25 miles a day or less. With an average electrically assisted driving range of 30-40 miles, a Toyota Prius equipped with a Hymotion L5 module charged overnight via a standard 120 volt outlet will, for most drivers, significantly reduce the amount of petroleum consumed and CO2 emitted. An L5 charged from the average national blend of electricity results in a 50 percent or greater reduction in overall “well-to-wheel” CO2 emissions compared to a traditional gas-powered vehicle. The L5 module is also environmentally friendly and fully recyclable, containing no heavy metals or toxic chemicals.

Plug-in Conversion Modules will be available for owners of Toyota Priuses, model year 2004 to 2008. At an installed cost of $9995 plus shipping, buyers can choose a certified Hymotion dealer for conversion of their hybrid vehicles. Installations for consumers are expected to begin in July,2008.

Product Specifications
• Designed for Toyota Prius, model years 2004 – 2008
• ~ 5 kWh pack
• 4.5 hour charge time
• Up to 100 mpg for 30-40 miles within electrically assisted driving range
• Meets strictest emissions standards in U.S.
• Crash tested to federal new vehicle standards
• $9995 – includes 3 year standard warranty and installation

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(Source and Image: A123Systems)

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