There are plenty of ways to give your Prius a plug, but with an average cost around $8,000-$10,000, the change is not cheap. There are some budget conversions, but they don't provide a lot of benefits. Some Florida residents, though, will soon be able to get help paying for the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) conversion – 90 of them anyway. The state will use $500,000 from the Department of Energy's stimulus fund to pay some 2004-2009 Prius drivers rebates of $5,000 to turn their car into a PHEV.

The rebates can only be obtiained at luxury car dealer Foreign Affairs Auto in West Palm Beach, which was named the only authorized A123 Systems/Hymotion conversion kit dealer in May 2009 and so is the only place that meets the law's requirements. The price for the Hymotion L5 kit is $10,395, and provides an all-electric range of up to 40 miles at speeds up to 35 mph. So far, Foreign Affairs says it has outfitted around 20 Priuses with a plug so far. We'll see if the 90 rebates go fast.

[Source: New York Times]

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