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How to de-hybrid a Prius to run as a conventional car: Is it possible? Answered

Any idea how to de-hybrid a Prius? Convert it to run as a gasoline only vehicle.

From what I've read you have to:

1. Rig up a reverse.

2. Have enough battery power to turn the engine over.

3. Recharge that battery while the car is running.

Has anyone done this? Know anyone who has? Have any ideas on how to accomplish this?

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Toga_Dan

3 years ago

is ther a conventional tranny in a prius? Is the engine even mechanically linked to the wheels

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gmoonToga_Dan

Reply 3 years ago

I wondered that myself. The answer seems to be yes -- the car can run using the gas engine alone.

However, it's certainly all supported computationally. I'm not at all certain how the engine will perform and run without the batteries, etc. For instance the car expects regenerative breaking to be available even in gas engine mode.

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Downunder35m

3 years ago

Why would anyone even try it?
Getting a second hand car is sooooo much easier.

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LokisgodhiDownunder35m

Reply 3 years ago

Here's the deal, the oldest Prius are now 16 years old. Many of these cars are still in decent condition but still a sixteen year old car. No one in their right mind is going to put a new battery pack in them at $850 to $3000. If not for the battery pack, they'd potentially still have years of service left. But like most cars that age, they're essentially disposable if they have a major break down. But not with a hugely expensive new battery pack.

I knew a guy who back in the mid 90s would pick up Chrysler cars with blown turbos for $100-200 to 'get this POS off my property and I'll give you $50'. He'd de-turbo them and sell them to low income people for $750 to $1000 who needed a car to commute to work. They were dead bog slow but got people where they needed to go. He made good money doing it. If someone can do this with Prius and other hybrids, they can likely do the same.

Hybrids are the stupidest thing ever. Expense to fix and over-complicated. Want to address high gas prices? Make cars lighter. We've all seen people who drive full size pick-ups but who actually only carry something it it a couple times a year. Tax cars yearly based on weight. Have the Federal government force states to raise the size of motorcycles you can ride on a car license to 100 or 150cc instead of
50cc, 250cc if it's a reverse trike that drives like a car. Legalize ATVs for road use, if you put a quieter exhaust system and automotive road tires on it, they'd be great for running errands around town for most people.

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Toga_DanLokisgodhi

Reply 3 years ago

Some good points, BUT...

taxing veh based on weight? I've got a guzzler. But i've also got an economic car. guess which one gets the most miles on it. the economic one. Tax based on weight, and maybe the guzzler becomes the ONLY veh, driven every day.

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Downunder35mToga_Dan

Reply 3 years ago

The discussion on how squeeze money out of people owning cars is about as old as the car itself.
Some countries have no taxes on cars or fuel, other countries do.
Just as an example from europe:
Many years ago you paid your taxes for the car purely based on the engine size and wether it was petrol or diesel.
Than came the greens and we got better cars.
The taxes were changed so cars with bad emissions would pay more.
Mind you all with the excuse to provide good roads in return for the money.
Seemed that noone remembered that was already the claim for the petrol taxes...
But it just shows that if a country feels the need to make more money with taxes than they make it.
For most it is not a question of driving a modern and fuel saving car but how to afford one....
;)

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liquidhandwashLokisgodhi

Reply 3 years ago

If the battery pack broken, then it might be worth finding out why its broken rather than replacing it or trying to get it to run with a broken pack. Some of the newer hybrid Camrys in Australia had poor connections between the cells, and it just a case of pulling them out and replacing $10 worth of copper nuts . Even if it had a dead cell it would be worth pulling it out and replacing it, just find another dead battery pack.

Let us know how you go with it.

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1096986_toyota-camry-hybrid-battery-electrician-spent-10-not-4000-to-fix