The Tour de Sol Reports, 2005
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Plug-in Prius

Team Name: Valence Technology, Inc.
Powered by the Valence U-Charge* Power System, this concept plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a fully functional concept car based on a 2004 Toyota Prius that was modified by EnergyCS. Because the Valence battery offers much more energy than batteries traditionally used in hybrid vehicles, it allows significant amounts of zero-emission driving and fuel efficiencies of 120-180 mpg.

It just looks like a normal 2004 Prius. But what does that graphic on the door say?

"125 MPG / 50 km per liter" Without the sign, how would you know?