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.”
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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