KillaCycle – 7.89 s @ 168 MPH

A123 Systems Nanoposphate batteries, the same battery company used for the Hymotion Prius plug-in conversion

The KillaCycle, ridden by Scotty Pollacheck, made drag racing history AGAIN at Bandimere Speedway October 23rd, 2008. 7.89 s @ 168 MPH is a new official record and makes KillaCycle to the world’s quickest electric vehicle of any kind!
The A123 Systems Nanoposphate batteries are changing the entire landscape for electric vehicles, and battery-powered devices in general.

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Is 100 MPG Possible with A123 Systems Hymotion Kit?

Popular Mechanics did a review of the Hymotion battery system.

Is 100 MPG Possible with A123 Systems Hymotion Kit?

Here is my answer. It was easy. I got this result on my second attempt after about 3 days of experience driving with a Hymotion battery.

Over 100+ mpg for 22 miles

Over 100+ mpg for 22 miles

Here is the video after 17 miles of the test:

2009 Hymotion Prius Charity Auction

If anyone is interested or if you know someone who might be interested, please forward the following links to your friends.

Starting October 31st (next Friday) an Ebay auction will begin for a brand new 2009 Toyota Prius (Spectra Blue) package #6 with the Hymotion battery system installed.
This plug-in conversion makes the Toyota Prius capable of 25 to 50 miles of boosted electric range, depending on driving style and terrain.
 
This 2009 Toyota Prius, with Hymotion battery, will be on display at the Seattle Auto Show from November 5th through 9th.

All profits from this charity auction will be donated to Plug In America. Plug In America is a nonprofit organization set up to promote the use of EVs and PHEVs. It was founded by a dozen EV drivers in California, many who appear in the movie Who Killed the Electric Car? directed by Chris Paine.

(link to auction info)
2009 Plug In Prius Hybrid!

(link to the Ebay store where The Green Car Company sells vehicles)
eBay Store – the green car company: Volkswagen, Coupe, Cabrio

(link to the Hymotion website confirming The Green Car Company as an installer of the Hymotion battery)
 
The Hymotion plug-in battery system has been crashed tested, does NOT void your Toyota warranty and comes with a 3 year warranty from Hymotion.

Great pictures of Tesla

Tesla Interior

Tesla Interior

Tesla Interior

Tesla Interior

 

These are some of the best interior shots I have seen of the finished production version 1.5 Tesla.
This is what we have been waiting for.

The entire review is here:

WSJ interviews Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla

Tesla Motors CEO Talks Cutbacks, IPO

Click here for the video interview

Engine block heater & Hymotion results

After the first day of driving the Hymotion Prius with an engine block heater (EBH), as expected it definitely did improve my results. The gas engine did not come on nearly as much during the early periods.

I am still learning my SGII, so it is really tough to quantify these results so far. The temperature outside this morning was 40 degrees F, so it was a very valid test. My car is garaged, so it doesn’t take much to preheat it.

To properly evaluate the difference, I really should drive a few mornings without the EBH and gather data. The problem is, I don’t want to. 🙂 It really pains me to waste the gasoline. I want my consumption screen solidly at 99.9 for this entire tank of gas and I want to put up a crazy number of miles driven when I refill.

I am at 140 miles on this tank and it still shows a full tank with 10 bars.
I don’t think I set the SGII properly during the refill though.

Anyone who has a Hymotion battery, these are two must have items.
1) ScanGauge II
2) Engine Block Heater

The SGII has easily improved my performance by 20%. Just having the knowledge of when the RPMs are running is the key for me. I cannot always feel it with the road vibration at 30 mph to 35 mph when the engine turns on. The RPM number is critical to helping me keep it in EV mode and just under the ICE threshold speed.

With Hymotion the engine only idles during warm-up, the wheels are powered pure EV.
For a rough estimate, when idling, the Toyota Prius is drawing about 0.30 gallons per hour. So if the ICE needs to run 6 minutes to warm-up during early driving, then the gasoline consumption is about 0.03 gallons. At $3.00 per gallon that is about 9 cents of gasoline.

The energy meter told me that for 2 hours the EBH draws about 0.8 kwh. I pay about 9 cents per kwh. So that is about 7 cents of electricity.

9 cents of gasoline vs 7 cents of electricity

So financially it is not not really worth it.
From a satisfaction standpoint and to really push my efficiency to a new level, it is worth it.
If given a choice, I would rather use electricity for everything.

Toyota Prius Engine Block Heater

Today I had a Toyota Prius Engine Block Heater installed.
For those of you who have experience driving a normal Toyota Prius, you will notice that the gas engine will run when you first start the car. Even if you are trying to drive softly to keep the Prius in EV mode, the engine comes on for a few minutes. This is automatic to raise the operating temperature of the engine to a certain level.

After a few minutes of the engine running, the engine temperature reaches a certain level, then it is much easier for the Prius to slip into EV mode.

With a Prius that has the Hymotion battery, the most gasoline you consume all day is the gasoline during this early warm-up. If not for this warm-up phase, it is feasible for the Hymotion Prius to never use gasoline. So while the Hymotion system is amazing, it can even MORE amazing if this early gasoline consumption can be reduced or eliminated.

So I purchased an Engine Block Heater. It cost $59. It is also easy to install.

I have also put the Engine Block Heater on a programmable timer and scheduled it to preheat the engine from 6 am till 8:10 am. I typically leave the house at 8:10 am each morning to drop the kids off at school on my way to work. I have also placed an energy meter on this outlet to measure how much electricity is consumed during the preheat time.

I will attempt to make a rough estimate of the gasoline savings vs the electricity consumption.

So Tuesday 10/21/08 will start the testing to see how much this improves on the Hymotion system.