Excellent Prius v HIgh Voltage Lithium Cell Upgrade Video

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  1. rjparker

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    A good video if it was only a "how to" remove and modify the Prius v hv battery. In addition the video describes the process to upgrade to Lithium cells.


     
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    What are the benefits? Plug-and-Play?
     
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    As described elsewhere on Priuschat, it is plug and play, has significantly increased mpg and improved acceleration. https://projectlithium.com/
     
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    Odd, they don't even list a Prius v battery set?
     
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    The Prius v hv battery is the same as the gen3 hatchback. The installation is slightly easier and is documented separately.
     
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    Ah. They might want to elaborate on their website.

    Also "SOLD OUT"...
     
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    Yes sold out has been an issue since they began sales. In other threads the company has announced when new supplies would be available. Certainly this option is a winner for a diy'er but assumes someone does it preemptively with planning rather than waiting for a failure.
     
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    I noticed that if you go into the detail page to buy it there it lists:

    Prius Gen2, Gen3, CT200h Lithium upgrade pack - 14 blocks
    The Lexus CT200h is a Prius v in almost all mechanical respects.

    Also to note: as of New Years Day, 2022, it is back in stock.
     
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    My Bad... I misunderstood the website. The "Sold Out" is grayed out, and you Hover over the "BUY IT NOW" button, and it indicates a valid button. However, when you click on the "BUY IT NOW" button, you get a "Transaction failed" error.

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    I'd like to know how to know when it is time to "Preemptively" replace the battery on my 2013 Prius v. I can't afford to do so now, since the UPS Season has ended, and my not Ubering because on the Omicron Variant (I got a Booster on 12/28/21).
     

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    2022 sometime would be preemptive enough for me assuming I definitely wanted to be an early adopter of a lithium retrofit. Resale on the old modules might be higher as well. Generally your time is here if mpg reduces by 4 mpg or more, the charge level drops quickly at a stop light with the ac on, the battery is ten years old, etc. I would not trust the Dr Prius app just because it said 65% or better. I certainly would not wait for codes if I wanted to purchase lithium due to supply delays. But I would not want to purchase and let it sit on the shelf either.
     
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    Traction battery end of life based on what?

    Miles? Time in Service? Cycles?

    Our 49,000 mile 2012 v Five is showing no MPG or traction battery decline issues. [Knocks on wood.]
     
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    At 106K, I am seeing a drop in MPG over what I recalled having back when I had 35k on the car. I am not that concerned about MPG, A drop from 42MPG to 40 MPG (~5%) is not alarming to me. That is using Rideshare driving without Air Conditioning as a benchmark load on the car.

    I am concerned about unexpected drops of the Hybrid battery level. Case in point was in early October when a backfire caused the PCV and Evap hoses to pop off going 30 mph, and then the Power steering giving up after only coasting on level ground for a few hundred feet. I would have expected a few thousand feet.

    Still it is a big investment. If I spend 2 grand on a battery replacement, I am not going to put it up on a shelf. And I am going to pick a time without snow on the ground to do it. I'll start considering it in April.
     
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    I have almost 300,000 and the newpriusbatteries.com unit and I get between 43 and 45 mpg.... had it 2 years now.
    Trani ready to go at anytime......lots of noises........ have another engine and trani ready to go but I really hate this car..... people think I'm a cheapskate when they see it.... but it does get great mpg.....
     
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