is converting Toyota Prius hybrids
to plug-in capability using lithium-ion batteries from Valence Technology
for a test with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). AQMD is the air pollution agency for Southern California, and they want to increase the awareness of plug-in hybrids
. The test vehicles are using a conversion kit desinged for 2004-07 Prius
models. EnergyCS develops the control electronics and combines them with the Saphion phosphate based lithium-ion battery pack from Valence. The lithium ion pack increases the energy capacity by eighteen times over the original NiMH pack. AQMD currently has two of the plug-in Prius's and will be releasing the test results over the next few months.