Bought it as a wreckPrius inverter halfway disassembledPower distribution in the Prius inverterCloseup of large IGBT driverBottom of small IGBT module
OwnerCor van de Water
(former owner, EV has been sold)
Owner's Other EVs1994 Chevrolet S10 WaveDriver
Schwinn Sierra
2004 Reva Maini
Currie Phat Flyer
1989 Ford Ranger
1999 EVGlobal
PowerSmart ladies bike
Green 2002 Toyota Prius
2001 Toyota Prius
LocationMountain View, California United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle2002 Toyota Prius
MotorToyota 3-Phase AC
DrivetrainHybrid petrol-electric dual AC motor
Batteries38 Panasonic NiMH, 7.20 Volt, Nickel-Metal Hydride
6Ah modules
System Voltage273 Volts
DC/DC Converter Toyota 100A
Top Speed90 MPH (144 KPH)
Range3 Miles ( 4 Kilometers)
In full EV mode, my record is about 3 miles residential streets
EV Miles
Start:12,000 Miles (19,308 Kilometers)
Current:54,000 Miles (86,886 Kilometers)
Total:42,000 Miles (67,578 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity5 adults
TiresSumitomo HTR-200 P175/65R-14
Conversion TimeHybrid was already working, but salvage rebuilding took several months
Conversion Cost$6,500 for wrecked Prius, $1,700 second-hand parts, $2,600 bodywork and painting
Additional FeaturesGrille block in cold weather.
Temp sensor hack to allow engine auto-off as long as engine stays above 30 deg C. (disabled for now)
Mileage improved considerable when tire pressure was raised from about 30 PSI to 45 (front) 43 (rear).
After that, tire wear became much more even across width of the tire.
Also toe-in was too large, after aligning for zero toe the car rolled much easier.
On top of that, the oil was over-filled with 4 quarts, where only 3.5 quarts are allowed (level max at 3/4 between low and high level to avoid oil in air intake)
Have changed transmission oil from standard T-IV to type WS (used for 2004+ Prius) with lower viscosity.

code by jerry