AFS Trinity Power Corp. launched a cross-country tour for its XH-150, an extreme hybrid SUV that gets 150 mpg. According to road tests in December at Michelin’s Laurens Proving Grounds, the XH-150 accelerated faster than comparable gasoline SUVs in all modes. The XH-150 operated at up to 87 mph and up to 40 miles on a single charge. The car was developed using patent-pending AFS Trinity technology and was built with the help of AFS technology partner, Ricardo, a technology provider and strategic management consultant to the transportation industry.
“Because most Americans drive less than 40 miles a day, driving the XH-150 would mean using no gasoline on most days,” says Edward Furia, CEO of AFS. “This is an electric car operated by household current for the first 40 miles with a mid-hybrid mode that adds a gasoline engine that essentially gives the car unlimited range, still with better than gasoline-only mileage.”
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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