Posted by Rachel Leigh - email
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Our state is leading the charge in energy efficiency cars. Florida is now the first state to offer a $5,000 rebate as an incentive to convert Toyota Prius Hybrids into plug-in hybrids.
The electric conversion must be done at Foreign Affairs Auto on Military Trail in West Palm Beach.
"We take the Toyota Prius and convert it to a plug in Prius by using a lithium battery." The lithium battery has a life of 30-40 miles, and now the electric conversion is being offered to Floridian at a reduced rate thanks to a state incentive program from the Department of Energy.
"You have a $10,400 conversion," said Foreign Affairs Auto Business Development Director Jonathan Ortiz. "The state of Florida will now give the consumer $5,000 to subsidize that, and then the federal government will give just about $1,000 in additional incentives."
Ortiz, who owns a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, says the perks include a reduced carbon offset, less consumption of oil, fuel and your money!
"A regular hybrid normally get miles per gallon in the 40s,this gets it in the 100+. I have had this car for about nine months and filled up three times."