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.”
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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