Computer Chip for Elec. Only?

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Accessories & Modifications' started by Red Solitaire, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. Red Solitaire

    Red Solitaire New Member

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    I ran across an ad for a computer chip that converts the Prius to electric only up to 34 mph. I can come pretty close to 30 mph if I feather the pedal, and only if I don't need a burst of power. From what I'm getting from the ad is this chip prevents the gas engine from kicking in until you hit 34 mph (regardless of how hard you accelerate).

    My first thought was of increase fuel economy; but my second thoughts were of times when I need a burst of power ... would the elec. motor (only) get me into a fast merging lane? Other second thoughts were to wonder if this is just a rip off.

    Anyway... here's some text from the ad. Has anyone heard of this gadget, tried it, and have any feedback?

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    Allows you to switch to Electric Only Mode and operate a Prius up to 34 MPH with increased efficiency. Increase fuel efficiency and Performance with this easily installed electric only mode chip upgrade. The EVMODE Chip activates the factory option that is not available for North American Hybrids. Toyota installs this programming in every Prius before it leaves th factory in Japan.
     
  2. V8Cobrakid

    V8Cobrakid Green Handyman

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    I'll leave this simple and say... No.

    the system is not designed to work with extreme acceleration up to 34mph...

    For free, you can wire in the EV switch and take your time getting to 35..
     
  3. JimboK

    JimboK One owner, low mileage

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    The North American Prius doesn't need a computer chip for EV. The car's computer already has everything it needs except a switch. Such a switch has its uses, but fast acceleration is not one of them, as CobraKid has suggested.
     
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    JimboK One owner, low mileage

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    After a brief Google search (you might consider providing links in your posts) I found the site that seems to be what you referenced. Their pic is the same as that on Coastal's site. Makes me think they're just reselling the Coastal switch (with a sizeable markup), the pros and cons for which have been discussed in depth in other threads.
     
  5. Red Solitaire

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    OK, thanks all, for the responses. I'm new, and wasn't sure it was allowed to include a commercial link, but it IS the same gimmick you all seem to be referencing. I think I'll leave well enough alone. I've only got 400 miles on my new Prius, so I am not anxious to start modifying anything... just curious.
     
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    JimboK One owner, low mileage

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    You're most welcome.

    If the content and context of the message clearly shows your post is for the benefit of the PC community (or you clearly state you're not marketing what you're linking), it shouldn't be a problem. (Moderators, correct me as needed.) Admittedly, newbies often get scrutinized and even criticized (sometimes unfairly) when their first post or two seems even remotely spam-ish, so thanks for being sensitive to forum etiquette.

    And welcome to PriusChat, BTW!
     
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