I remember the first time Doug Morehead from A123 Systems came to LaDuca Auto Body Shop.  It was great.  Jerry Faiella from the Town of New Castle showed up and we spoke for over two hours about electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle conversion kits.  It was a step forward that are like the other ones from back in the day with the State of New York.

More importantly it reminded me that I need to not just write but I needed to be involved in the process.  If I won’t who will?  That part is a little scary but I am ready to do like my relative Art Buchwald use to do.  It was write, be funny and happy.  It seems to work for me and my core so really really cool!!

Back to the point at hand, after months and months of contracts, Electric Cars of NY is selling PHEV conversions from A123 Systems and LaDuca Auto Body in Pleasantville, New York is converting the systems.

This is a big step forward for the Tri-State area.  I am very happy that Electric Cars of NY is doing this.  It shows how one step at a time we can make PHEV conversions happen.

Right now the conversion rate for PHEV systems is slow. That number has to increase if we are to meet the millions of electric cars that need to happen to get us to 350.org emission standards.

A123 Systems Battery Pack
A123 Systems Battery Pack

A123 Systems

Founded in Hopkinton, MA during 2001, A123Systems’ proprietary Nanophosphate™ technology builds on new nanoscale materials initially developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T).  A123Systems is now one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-power lithium ion batteries using our patented Nanophosphate™ technology designed to deliver a new combination of power, safety and life. (Source: http://www.a123systems.com/company)

A123 Systems CEO David Vieau announced in 2007 during the US Senate Committee On Finance Subcommittee On Energy, Natural Resources, And Infrastructure that they planned to market battery packs in 2008 for third-party conversion of hybrids to plug-in hybrids.  (Source: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2007/05/a123systems_to_.html#more)

Then came Hymotion.


Hymotion, originally started in Concord, Ontario, introduced plug-in hybrid upgrade kits in February 2006. They designed for the Toyota Prius and the Ford Escape and Mariner Hybrids, these kits were offered to fleet buyers at first and are projected to be available to the general public in 2007.

The Hymotion PHEV module requires minimal modification to the stock vehicle. All necessary components and safety features are integrated and contained within the module, including: batteries, power electronics, crash sensors, power electronics, charger, battery management system, safety sensors and manual-electric interlock. The system does not require removal of the OEM battery pack and can be installed in less than 2 hours, according to the companies.

(Source: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2007/05/a123systems_to_.html#more)

The PHEVs Available On The Market Since Electric Cars of NY sells Hymotion Kits

We know there is a bunch, but we need to look at all the various PHEVs on the market or soon to be available.  More importantly, you can convert a car to PHEV for $8,000 or less using off-the-shelf parts.

This section will look at the various automakers, conversion companies and soon to be companies that will be coming on the market for PHEVs.

If you get in touch with Eric Illowsky from Electric Cars of NY about the PHEV kits, tell him you heard it hear!!