A123 Systems has named Foreign Affairs Auto of West Palm Beach Florida as an authorized installer for its Hymotion L5 plug-in conversion kits. The L5 kit consists of a battery pack containing A123 lithium iron phosphate cells designed to be installed in the second-generation Toyota Prius. The kit transforms the Prius into a plug-in hybrid with theoretical mileage of 100 mpg or more. Foreign Affairs Auto is one of only 12 authorized installation sites for the kit in the United States. The installation is actually a pretty straightforward process, but the system doesn't come cheap. The kit costs $10,395 but the actual benefits are questionable.

The kit fits into the space under the rear cargo floor in the Prius but, since the rest of the powertrain is unchanged, the ability of the car to operate in all electric mode is still limited by motor power. That means that even with a full charge, it won't be like driving a full speed electric car. What it will do is allow the normal hybrid boost mode to operated longer until the lithium pack is depleted. When regularly plugged in, converted Priuses typically average from the mid-50s to mid-60 mpg range unless you hypermile.

[Source: A123 Systems]

PRESS RELEASE:

Foreign Affairs Auto selected by A123 Systems to be the exclusive HYMOTION Dealer for Florida to provide New L5 Plug-in Hybrid Conversion Systems for the Toyota Prius

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.--Foreign Affairs: Zero!, a division of Foreign Affairs Auto, Inc., dedicated to providing transportation solutions for businesses, institutions, individuals, and fleets in order to cut energy costs, energy consumption, and carbon emissions has been selected as one of only twelve certified installation centers in the US to exclusively offer the HYMOTION L5 Plug-in Prius Conversion Module from A123 Systems. The L5 Module allows Foreign Affairs to convert Prius Hybrid Vehicles into Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV) capable of achieving 100+ Miles per Gallon.

"We are extremely honored and excited to have been hand-chosen by A123 Systems to partner our efforts in offering Prius Plug-in Hybrids that are available Today," says Jonathan Ortiz, Executive Director of Foreign Affairs Auto. "The HYMOTION Conversion Module is as close as you can get to an actual OEM product as it is fully accredited and meets all Federal Government Crash Standards. Our clients are unwilling to wait another 2 to 3 years for the OEM's and wanted PHEV's now."

A123 Systems officially announced the appointment for Foreign Affairs as a Certified HYMOTION Installation Partner (CHIP) in January 2009. "We applaud our nation's administration for providing strong incentives for businesses, individual consumers, and municipalities to lower their carbon footprint through individual vehicles. The Plug-in Hybrid simply does just that," continued Jonathan Ortiz. "Since the appointment from A123 Systems, we have created three new job positions and since filled them. We feel very proud to do our part in creating these 'green-collar' jobs intended by the Stimulus Act."

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