Ultra-Efficient Category L7E Hybrid Electric Vehicle: 200mpg+
Welcome! This is a brief landing page for the Ultra-efficient Category L7E Hybrid Electric Vehicle. The goal:
To design an affordable Ultra-efficient (200mpg+) Hybrid Electric Vehicle, using off-the-shelf parts, using parts and manufacturing techniques that will not require further development, and to see the vehicle through into mass-production.
May 12 2012 News: work has started! Conversion process is being documented.
If you would like to help fund this product, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.A brief 2 page flyer, suitable for printing, is now available. If you would like to run the online Vehicle Simulation, click here. The full source code is available, for examination (released under the Affero AGPLv3+ License) Videos are available here: this article explains what's going on, and shows why the very very specific criteria have to be met. For a comparison of the proposed vehicle and those in production or as concept cars, click here. For a comparison of the types of Drivetrains which could be used, and a rationale for the final choice for the proposed vehicle (Front Wheel Drive, Suzuki Swift Gearbox), please see here. For an article explaining the best and worst operating conditions of a vehicle with the chosen characteristics, click here. An article on hybridcar.com asks the pointed question of why there are no ultra-efficient hybrid EVs presently in production that can be bought, today. (Original article locally here). 12th November 2011: A Chevy Volt's Lithium battery catches fire. Lithium is a highly reactive metal (which is why it is used in batteries) - but it ignites spontaneously if exposed to water and air. This is why this vehicle is designed to be small, light-weight and aerodynamic, so that the larger battery pack simply is not needed, and a much safer and smaller Lead-Acid battery is sufficient.
Screenshot of 3D CAD/CAM development from the original model, as of Nov 4th:
Photo of Suzuki Swift Gearbox (13in width, 17in length):
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