Thefts Down, But LoJack Looks Ahead To Hybrids and Electrics

October 28, 2009

In any normal vehicle, a slight drain on the battery is no big deal. But if you have a hybrid—or, for that matter, if you have a finicky old British roadster in the garage that needs to be hooked up to a trickle charger all the time—you want to minimize what's tapping into your power. That's why LoJack has announced a new self-powered stolen-vehicle recovery system, aimed at hybrid vehicles, collector vehicles, and future electric models.

Though it's not yet clear what the energy source will be for the "self-powered" system, LoJack says that this next-generation system—set to become available late next year—will allow more flexibility in installation as it won't have to be connected to the vehicle's electrical system. According to LoJack, more than a third of all breakdowns can be traced to too much dependence on the battery.

LoJack claims a 90-percent recovery success rate, and more than 100,000 tracked-and-recovered U.S. vehicles (250,000 worldwide). Additionally, the company says that its systems have led to discovery of chop shops and the recovery of thousands of other vehicles.

So far, at less than one theft per 1000 vehicles, the theft rate for vehicles like the Toyota Prius has been extremely low compared to most other models.

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