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Friday, June 12, 2009

PICC Certified Prius Plug-In Installer

imageAvailable now!  Plug-in Prius upgrades from Plug-In Conversions Corporation (PICC), the true “third generation” Prius! 

Best performance to date of any plug-in conversion platform, backed by Luscious Garage, full service hybrid specialists with the most plug-in Prius experience.

We have the technical expertise, professionalism, and personal attention to make your conversion a legitimate and rewarding experience.

Conversion specs:

Fits: Toyota Prius, model years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Battery: 6.1 kWh Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), 203V nominal
All-Electric Range: 25 miles
Top EV Speed: 70 mph
Charge Input: 120V (240V optional)
Charge Time, 120V: 6 hours
Fast Charge, 240V: 2 hours
Installation time: 2 days
Cost: $13,500

Fast Charge option: $1000

Test drives available now!  Email Carolyn for more information or appointments

Luscious Garage PICC conversions to date: 7

Omaha Public Power District
Luscious Shop Car (pictured)
Gold Peak Battery
China Light and Power
Hong Kong Electric
Ron Gremban, CalCars
Private Owner, Santa Cruz, CA

(blog on Hong Kong conversions to follow)

Read more from Green Car Congress…
Read more from EV World…
Read more about Plug-In Conversions Corp
Read more about Gold Peak Battery

Kim Adelman, CEO of PICC, with his company car, Poway, CA:

PICC Battery Box with lid removed, Gold Peak modules, 168 Total, which they’ve innovated for over 20 years

LG Shop Car with factory battery removed (PICC system replaces factory battery, which we then use to build replacement packs for earlier model Prius):

Final product installed, very clean, safe installation

No loss of cargo space or change to interior panels:

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008


imageYES, we can convert your car to a plug-in hybrid! 

Total fleet of PHEVs to date: 30

Paid conversions to date: 22
Volunteer conversions to date: 5
Other PHEV customers: 4

We have the technical expertise, professionalism, and personal attention to make your conversion a legitimate and rewarding experience.

Serious Inquiries use the contact page

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

“I Agree” automatically…

However improved, the Prius maintains several idiotic features. One is the chronic need to “agree” to use the Navigation system.  Ubiquitous to Toyota and Lexus nav, a message reminds you to follow the law and that accidents may occur if you drive looking at the screen.  Nevermind that the climate, audio, and information controls are all operated through the same device. 

imageThanks to CoastalEtech, a company out of Indialantic, Florida, there is relief to this frustrating situation! Their Lockpick system will virtually touch the button for you (pictured, notice no hands), as well as unlock the navigation inputs when the vehicle is in motion!  It cooperates with the factory system (rather than replacing it) which means that it doesn’t work 100% of the time, but by in large it restores the impression that you are a rational person in control of your vehicle, rather than the other way around.

Lockpick hardware for the Gen 2 Prius (2004-2007) is in stock and installs for $150.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

a few words on Coastal E-Tech

Coastal Electronic Technologies Inc. (also known as “Coastal ETech” or “Coastal Electronics”) produces a variety of aftermarket products to modify Toyota hybrids along with a smattering of other cars.  Most famous are their Lockpick and EV Mode kits, both cleverly imagedesigned to alleviate some of the primary deficiencies of the Prius, which Luscious Garage has proudly offered for over a year. 

As a small, hybrid-focussed business, Coastal E-Tech shares our market but also some of our challenges: to produce cutting-edge products, to keep up with customer needs, and to manage all the potential administrative BS behind the scenes. Sympathetic, we have done our best to translate their menu of items and to keep the most popular ones in stock, so our customers need only deal with us.  We have never marked up Coastal products since they are already available online to the public.

Beloved PriusChat has chronicled some of the Coastal E-Tech drama that, up to now, LG has silently endured. It is exactly this feedback that has encouraged customers to have LG “do-it-for-me” even though many of their kits can be successfully installed by the sensible, tech savvy Prius owner. 

After our most recent debacle with the manufacturer, however, LG has instituted a thirty dollar “Coast Electronics PITA Surcharge” to all of our services associated with them.  As always we will happily install customer-supplied kits for the same installation price (no surcharge) and will continue to inventory their “Prius Candy” that our customers know and love.

Read more about LG Modifications


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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Prius Body Moldings

imageAvailable through Metro Toyota, a dealer in my hometown of Cleveland, OH, these nifty body moldings save doors from nicks and dings while negotiating city life. 

“They look sporty, too,” says Jim of Cambell, CA, pictured with his freshly installed pair. 

Luscious Garage will put them on for $60, nice and straight. 

Want us to take care of the parts, too?  No problem, $250 installed.  Please email us to get them ordered in the proper color, arriving in 4-5 business days.

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