The Prius has three big problems:
1. It's designed as a gas car, with the motor as an assist;
2. Engine sometimes charges the battery;
3. Engine and battery mismatch results in many changes of charge direction.
Plug In Conversions upgrades EV World's 2009 Prius conversion, giving it even more electric-drive capabilities. In this 11-mile test drive, LIVN GRN achieves 583 miles per gallon, using half of the car's 6.1kW battery pack. More information available at EV World.Com
Hybrid Car Electrical Problems
Scotty Kilmer, mechanic for the last 44 years, shows a VERY serious electrical problem many older Toyota Priuses have. Visit Scottykilmer.com for answers to all your car quesitons.
Prius MAX MPG Secrets
Complete tutorial on how to drive the third generation Prius for MAX MPG. Also pertains to other Prius year models.
171mpg in Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric (PHEV)
The add-fuel light came on yesterday. So I went another 100 miles before I decided to fill up the tank. Total miles on this tank of gas was 1620 miles. The tank took 9.46 gals to fill. This works out to 171.2mpg.
Testing a Prius Hybrid Battery. Detailing aToyo. Should you buy one?
How to test a Toyota Prius Battery. Detailing the car for sale. Should you buy a Prius? Do you want 2 $5000 power sources? Do you want to be a toxic Federal Felon when it fails and you replace it? Is all of this technology REALLY necessary? How much pollution was created when creating this "Safe Clean" Rube Goldberg device? We are being saddled up with Extremely complicated technology devices to simply move from point A to point B. My Geo Metro Always runs.
Prius-II what's wrong with the Prius
It's a gas car, and can't plug in. It's a strong parallel hybrid, which is better than the GM mild hybrid or the weak parallel, but it's gas engine is connected to the wheels, making it prior to the electric motor.
A serial hybrid has the engine only to generate electric. While the Prius can do so, the engine starts even when you don't want it to do so.
Toyota Prius review - CarBuyer
Full review: http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/toyota/prius/hatchback/review
There's still not too many hybrids on the roads, and even less still that are truly efficient. The Prius is the exception with a CO2 emissions figure that's among the lowest on the road. It all means that you don't have to pay any road tax or the London Congestion Charge and you'll find trips to the petrol station become a rare occurrence.
Toyota Prius DIY Oil Change, 2004-2009
Approaching 69,000 miles, our 2004 Toyota Prius needs another oil change. Hybrids are gasoline-powered cars at heart, so they still need this kind of regular maintenance. And it turns out the Prius oil and filter change is a very easy DIY job. At the end, you'll see how to reset the "Maint Reqd" light, the one that comes on when it's time to change your oil. This procedure applies to all 2nd generation (2G) Priuses, model years 2004 to 2009.