Plug-in Conversions Corporation (PICC) is well known for its over-the-top Toyota Prius conversions. From its conversion kit that allows the Prius to scoot past 70 miles per hour under electric power alone to its tweaks that bestow the Prius with a boost in electric range, PICC has always found a way to breathe new life into the Prius hybrid. PICC founder Kim Adelman is constantly looking for ways to eke out more green performance from Toyota's iconic hybrid.

PICC's latest achievement is perhaps its crowning glory. By stuffing a 12.5 kWh Gold Peak lithium-ion battery pack into the confines of a 2010 Toyota Prius, PICC has managed to create a plug-in hybrid that's capable of driving at highway speeds for up to 40 miles under electric power alone. The 40-mile range far exceeds that of Toyota's own plug-in Prius and matches the capability of the Chevrolet Volt. The converted Prius recently competed in a 24-mile road rally outside of Madison, WI and PICC claims the converted Prius averaged a remarkable 245 miles per gallon over the 24-mile course that included travel on county roads, city streets and highways.

Additional testing is underway and some tweaks will be made before PICC offers its latest conversion kit to consumers. Pricing has not been announced, but the kit's release is tentatively scheduled for three to six months from now. Interested?

[Source: EV World]

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