Toyota Prius Turned Into Roller Coaster

Toyota’s “Ideas for Good” contest has resulted in a surprising outcome – a hybrid roller coaster. A five-person engineering team from Deeplocal used the engine, wiring harness, batteries, and hybrid drive system from a 2011 Prius to create a coaster that can generate electricity while braking.

The project has been gaining some attention online as a potential way for future amusement parks to lower their energy use, and possibly have rides power other aspects of a facility. The Deeplocal team built a seventy foot steel track with a ten foot drop that was able to produce 6,000 watts of electricity on a single run.

image via Deeplocal

The prototype roller coaster can reach a top speed of 15 miles per hour, which is not too bad for a miniature model. The electricity generated from the modified Prius was used to power a series of incandescent bulbs that could be used to light signs, and LED bulbs used to light-up the coaster itself.

You can see a video of the hybrid roller coaster in action below, however, the actual demonstration doesn’t happen until the 4-minute mark. And one other note, while the lights in the video are very impressive, they are not actually being powered by the car.

Building a Hybrid Roller Coaster – Ideas for Good from deeplocal on Vimeo.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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  • Can you please tell me the name of any upcoming hybrid Toyota model?nI’m too positive on buying one new Toyota car.

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