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==PHEV Proponents==
==PHEV Proponents==
===Dr. Andrew Frank===
===Dr. Andrew Frank===
Dr. Frank of UC Davis and his teams of students have been experimenting with various advanced vehicle technologies for the last 25 years.
See [[Dr. Andrew Frank]]
* Andy Frank sums up the benefits and status of PHEVs in [;jsessionid=B7087EA2AE87BC320A85592203C8C0F2?id=44254 Renewable Energy Access] story [[CalCars_Maillist:2006./3./9]] [ Yahoo]
*[ Dr. Frank of UC Davis] ''(google)''
** [ Team Fate] is the name of Dr. Andy Frank's vehicle design group derived from the 1960's feature film The Great Race, in which Professor Fate continuously strives to thwart his opposition, never giving up, never surrendering.
** [ Hope For the Future, Participate Now]
** [ Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries For ZEV-Range Hybrid Electric Vehicles] - Professor Andrew Frank of U.C. Davis and his students built a Prius with 25 miles of EV Range and 110-220 Volt Grid Charging.
** [ Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles - PHEV Info]
** Bring on the PHEVs!]
** January 13, 2006 - [ Detroit 2006: Is the Market Schizophrenic, or Changing?]
** Dec 12, 2005 - [ Lithium Technology Supplies Li-Ion for Two Challenge X Vehicles, One a Plug-In Hybrid]
** Aug 23rd, 2005 - [ 250 MPG]
** Aug 15, 2005 - [ Plugged In Hybrids Get Remarkable Mileage]
** June 13, 2005 - [ Guest Lecture by ZAP Officers Sparks Research at UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies]
** March 02, 2003 - [ Interview with HEV Pioneer Dr. Andrew Frank] ''(evworld)''  []
** June 29, 2001 - [ UC Davis Wins Futuretruck Contest]
** Dec 2002 - [ Initial Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicles Come to ITS-Davis for Research]
** Jun 09, 2003 - [ The MathWorks Hosts International Automotive Conference]
** March 12, 2003 - [ CARB Global Climate Change Symposium]
** Sep 11, 1998 - [ Electric Cars: Can They Go the Distance?]
=== PlugInPartners ===
=== PlugInPartners ===

Revision as of 11:28, 10 March 2006

The SEVA:EAA is also working on instructions to help guide experienced EV Converters through the process. The project has rescently moved to it's own site here. See Prius PHEV and PriusPlus for content which has moved from the Seattle Chapters site.

Production Hybrids such as the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius may turn out to be the missing link of vehicles, as they are solely gas fueled car that do electric tricks, they are not Electric Cars, rather than a way to transition away from gasoline they are merely a way to slightly reduce consumption. It's the transitioning away from gas as a fuel source which should really be a major priority for everyone. As the president says "America is addicted to oil", Plug-In Hybrids may be a big part of the solution.

Hybrid Conversions or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) are hybrid cars that can use gas or electricity as sources of fuel, they can plug-in to fuel up with gas or electricity. These are usually hybrids which are modified, but might also include EV's with pusher or genset range extending trailers. The PHEV designation may also be found with a number denoting their electric-only range, such as PHEV-10 (for 10 miles of electric range) or PHEV-300 (In the case of the 300 mile SEVA:Tzero EV with its gas fueled range trailer).

See also


Toyota Prius PHEVs

There have been a number of sucessful Prius Plus conversions. Ron of CalCars has a PbA version and EDrive is expected to use Valance Li-ion batteries to perform conversions with ideal range. Both are based on the 2004 or newer (Gen2) Toyota Prius and are now capable of charging from the grid using standard 120vac outlets. They can operate as pure EV's at speeds up to 34mph for the range of their larger batteries, which is about 10 miles for the PbA and 30 miles for the Li-ion battery packs. While also delivering vastly improved mileage at higher speeds in an EV-Heavy type of Mixed-mode which delivers roughly twice the gas mileage durring trips of twice their electric ranges (or 20 and 60 miles). Of course one should also consider the electric power required to recharge in these 100+ mpg situations (<$1 per gallon equivalent). During extended drives they operate just as a normal Prius and deliver their usual mileage.

CalCars & PriusPlus

See PriusPlus

PHEV Conversions from EDrive

See EDrive

PHEV Kits from Hymotion

See Hymotion

PHEV Proponents

Dr. Andrew Frank

See Dr. Andrew Frank


Wayne Brown

I'm aware of a few other people who have added additional battery capacity to Prii, although they did not grid-recharge, those projects are rather close to becomming PHEV projects.

Other PHEVs

ACP Tzero

The SEVA:Tzero is an all electric vehicle sports ev with 300 miles of range. Though it can also function as a PHEV at about 30mpg on gas utilizing it's gas powered range extending trailer. In which case it becomes a PHEV-300 with unlimited gas range.

DaimlerChrysler Sprinter Van

DaimlerChrysler announced a PHEV-20 Sprinter van at the HanoverTruck Show in Sept. 2004. It will have a 15kWh advanced Lithium-ion battery and 120hp continuous (280hp peak) electric motor.

Insight & M I M A

Moved to Insight PHEV

Hybrid Truck Project

An interesting projects to convert an existing Hybrid commuter bus into a PHEV Recreational Vehicle.

Prof Jim Burns

News Articles

See also News

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