Frequently Asked Questions

1: Why should I get a conversion for my Prius?
2: How long will a conversion take?
3: How much will a conversion cost?
4: What does it feel like to drive a PHEV?
5: What happens when the battery is depleted?
6: Do I retain the spare wheel?
7: Do I retain my Toyota warranty?
8: Do I get any warranty from Green Auto Conversions for their work?
9: Who will service my car when it is converted?
10: Does the vehicle have to checked for roadworthiness?
11: What if I want to resell my car without the PHEV conversion?
12: Can the current model Prius (Gen3) be converted?
13: Does Toyota make a PHEV Prius?

 

1: Why should I get a conversion for my Prius? Top

This is a personal question. Some people like to drive cars because of their power, or prestige and are willing to pay above the average. With a plug-in conversion, your Prius will stand out as one of the most planet friendly cars in the country.

2: How long will a conversion take? Top

Typically Greenauto Conversions will need your car for a week. We will require at least six weeks notice so that all components can be assembled in readiness for the conversion work.
 
3: How much will a conversion cost? Top

Because lithium iron phosphate batteries are expensive, you will not get much change from $20,000. These batteries will however last for many years and quite possibly the life of a your vehicle.
 
4: What does it feel like to drive a PHEV? Top

The battery pack and chargeradd around 100 kilograms. This is typically the weight of two young passengers however the weight is close to the wheels so the effect on driving is negligible.
 
5: What happens when the battery is depleted? Top
 
When the battery is depleted, you will notice that petrol consumption will increase up to that expected from a normal Prius. This is typically 4.5l/100Kms.
 
6: Do I retain the spare wheel? Top
 
The spare tyre bay is used for the charger and control electronics. You can choose to carry a spare tyre in the back of the car or you can choose have a pressurised repair kit. If your journey is mission critical, or you are traveling on little used country roads, then carrying a spare may be more comforting.
 
7: Do I retain my Toyota warranty? Top

Since the car will have a different high voltage battery system, Toyota suspends warranty for this area of the car. Warranty should remain in other unrelated areas of the car.
 
8: Do I get any warranty from Greenauto Conversions for their work? Top

Yes, Greenauto Conversions provides a 12 month warranty on its work.
 
9: Who will service my car when it is converted? Top

We recommend that you take the car back to your regular Prius service company. There is little reason for them to want to access the rear of the car where the batteries are located.

10: Does the vehicle have to be checked for roadworthiness? Top

As part of the conversion process, Green Auto Conversions obtains a roadworthiness certificate for your car. With this you simply have to visit a motor registry and get the registration certificate reissued referencing the roadworthiness certificate. Once this change is made, it is good for the life of the car.

11: What if I want to resell my car without the PHEV conversion? Top

No problem, Green Auto Conversions can completely restore your car to near original condition. The removed parts could be used to convert your next car.

12: Can the current model Prius (Gen3) be converted? Top

The Gen3 Prius and other modern Prius cars can be converted to run in mixed petrol/electric mode. Operation in pure electric mode above 45 kms/h is however not possible .

13: Does Toyota make a PHEV Prius? Top

Yes Toyota builds a PHEV version, however it has a modest extra battery and has a limited EV range. Remarkably Toyota has said it will not be selling this model in Australia.