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Vista Engineering to offer cheap-ish 30-mile plug-in hybrid conversions

Let's say you own a hybrid vehicle that meets most of your driving needs. This hypothetical auto tackles the daily grind with ease, seats four or five, is reliable and gets you to-and-fro without any issues. Trouble is, you're less than thrilled with its overall gas mileage – or maybe you'd just like to extend its electric-only range (or create one). Well, Vista Engineering Technologies (VET) might have a deal for you. For less than $10,000, the company will convert your existing gas-elec

PICC plug-in Prius can now go 70 mph on battery power

Thanks to a beefed up bit of software, Priuses converted to plug-in drive by Plug In Conversions Corp. (PICC) have gotten quite a bit better. They can now go up to 70 mph using nothing but their batteries and get 170 mpge. The software manages to get around Toyota's built-in top speed limitation of 34 miles per hour in EV mode, as PICC president Kim Adelman told us when we spoke to him

CARB puts off plug-in hybrid conversion warranty, emissions decision

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Go 25 miles on electric power in your Prius with a Plug In Conversions conversion kit

The Plug-In Conversions Corporation (PICC), founded by Kim Adelman, was started 19 months ago in order to sell conversion kits to that gave a Prius a plug. PICC announced this week that the battery company Gold Peak Industries North America has acquired an equity stake in PICC and will give the fledgling company a broader reach. The new team will move to offer conversion kits wherev