Trick Out Your Prius With GP Batteries

Why wait for a plug-in hybrid when you can roll your own? Soon there will be even more places to get your Prius converted into a plug-in hybrid, now that Hong Kong-based GP Batteries International has taken an undisclosed stake in Poway, Calif.’s Plug-In Conversions. GP’s California-based subsidiary Gold Peak Industries North America will work with Plug-In Conversions to expand its sales of plug-in Prius conversion kits worldwide.

The strategic partnership will also allow Plug-In Conversions to produce kits for hybrids from other car companies, including Ford Motor (s F) and General Motors (s GM). Plug-In Conversions previously used batteries from Sweden’s Nilar International.

Plug-In Conversions says it’ll start its expansion in the U.S., with plans to add up to 10 new installers in 2009. The startup’s kits, which replace the Prius’ 1.3-kilowatt hour nickel-metal-hydride battery packs with 6.1-kWh NiMH packs, sell for $12,500, including installation.
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Don’t Miss the NTV Pier Screenings in L.A.

After the sizzling turn out at the San Francisco Pier Screenings earlier this month, we are looking forward to the first-ever NewTeeVee Pier Screenings Los Angeles edition. Join us on August 28 at Catchlight Studios for a night of online video-watching on a big screen accompanied by popcorn, beer and good people. We also have a special perk. Etchstar will be providing on-site etchings for attendees’ cell phones. NewTeeVee Screening in L.A. next week. It will be a great opportunity to meet the GigaOM and NewTeeVee teams, as well as other folks from the L.A. tech community. If you haven’t grabbed your free ticket, you had better do it quick!