Maker Faire

CalCars Plug-in Hybrid Conversion

Type: Maker Table/Exhibit
Program Area: Garage

This event is related to Earth Day!

Day/Time: Saturday and Sunday

Location: Sequoia Hall

Over the two-day Faire, CalCars engineers, along with a cadre of volunteers, will be converting a stock Toyota Prius hybrid into a "plug-in" hybrid. Unlike a standard hybrid, which uses the gasoline engine to power its battery, a plug-in hybrid adds a larger battery that can re-charge from a household 120-volt outlet. The result: a 100+ MPG plug-in hybrid fueled with gasoline plus cleaner, cheaper, domestic electricity.

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Felix Kramer, CalCars Founder
Ron Gremban, CalCars Technical Lead

The California Cars Initiative is a nonprofit startup. We're a group of entrepreneurs, engineers, environmentalists and consumers promoting high-efficiency, low-emission cars and harnessing buyer demand to help commercialize plug-in hybrids. We built the world's first plug-in Prius in 2004 and are working to get carmakers to build plug-in hybrids directly.