The Detroit Auto Show 2008 (NAIAS 2008) promises to be a big show case of green car technology. Delaware based AFS Trinity surprises with the introduction of the XH-150, a 150 MPG plug-in hybrid SUV prototype.
The key to extreme hybrid cars is the Fast Energy Storage developed by AFS Trinity. AFS Trinity equipped an off the shelf SUV with their Extreme Hybrid drive train and in road tests achieved 150 miles per gallon of gasoline based on the EPA Combined Urban/Highway Driving Cycle with 6 days per week of 40 miles per day in all electric mode and one day at 100 miles with assistance of the gas engine.
AFS Trinity plans to license the Extreme Hybrid drain to car manufacturers. In commercial production Extreme Hybrid equiped SUV's are expected to cost around $8,700 more than current, gas-only SUV’s.
About AFS Trinity
AFS Trinity is a privately-owned Delaware corporation headquartered in Bellevue, WA, that is developing Fast Energy Storage™ and power systems for vehicular, spacecraft, and stationary power systems utilizing batteries, ultracapacitors, and flywheels. The Company has conducted programs with private and government organizations including DARPA, NASA, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. DOT, California Energy Commission, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Lockheed, Honeywell, and Ricardo. Although AFS Trinity is not currently using flywheels in systems that are designed for consumer cars, it is actively engaged in developing flywheel power systems for Formula One Racing (F1) and is currently also developing such a system for one of the world’s top F1 teams. American Flywheel Systems, Inc (AFS) received the first patent ever given for a flywheel battery in 1992 and merged with Trinity Flywheel Power to create AFS Trinity Power in 2000. AFS Trinity and Ricardo, Inc. have a Technology Partnership Agreement by which Ricardo is assisting AFS Trinity as a preferred customer and is installing AFS Trinity’s Extreme Hybrid™ drive train technology into passenger vehicles, this technology is the subject of ongoing AFS Trinity U.S. and international patent filings.
Via the AFS Trinity site.
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