Transportation & Fuel Source Technology
AFS Trinity Unveils 150 MPG Extreme Hybrid (XH) SUV
In just completed road tests, a 2007
SUV straight off an American automaker's showroom floor and subsequently
equipped with the patent pending Extreme Hybrid (XH) drive train,
exceeded 150 mpg, AFS Trinity Power Corporation reported today at the North
American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
AFS Trinity CEO Edward W. Furia provided details of the tests and the
patent pending Fast Energy Storage system that makes the Extreme
Hybrid possible. During Furia's report, a second, identically-equipped
and fully functional SUV demonstrator of the XH technology was unveiled
and will remain on display throughout the Auto Show.
"Extreme Hybrids don't need high priced technology and don't
require new or expensive fuels, such as hydrogen, which, according to
Argonne National Labs, will cost twice as much as gasoline at the pump and
require installation of an infrastructure costing half a trillion dollars.
The Extreme Hybrid is not a concept," Furia said, "but a practical
alternative that relies on cheap electricity from America's vast existing
energy infrastructure -- the electric power grid." Furia also pointed to a
recent U.S. DOE study that concluded sufficient excess electrical
generating and transmission capacity exists today during off-peak hours in
America's power grid to recharge 84% of America's light duty car, truck and
SUV fleet-184 million vehicles-even if they were all converted to plug-in
hybrid drive trains.
According to Furia, the Extreme Hybrid(TM) tests just completed at
Michelin's Laurens Proving Grounds in South Carolina produced ...
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- More than 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. Different driving patterns will produce different results.
- 40 mile all-electric range on a single, overnight charge.
- Extended range of 400 miles with hybrid operation.
- Rapid acceleration in all modes of operation, including all electric
mode in which no gasoline is burned at all.
- Highway speeds up to 87 miles per hour in either all electric or
- Even faster acceleration and higher speeds possible in future
production models should the company decide to configure them for such
According to Furia, the next step for AFS Trinity
is to license its
breakthrough technology to carmakers who want to incorporate the XH
drive train into their vehicles. "That would be our preference," said
"However," he continued, "If carmakers decide not to take advantage of
this offer, AFS Trinity intends to raise the funds to begin modifying
existing hybrids or manufacture its own 150 mpg SUV's and, eventually, 250
mpg sedans. We believe such production models could be available for sale
in three years."
Furia explained, "The SUVs that we just completed that were outfitted
with the XH drive train could have been any SUV made by anyone. The
XH is a new generation of plug-in hybrid drive train ready to multiply
the gas mileage of any SUV or any standard sedan."
A Solution Ready Now
Furia said, "The Extreme Hybrid drive train is an economical solution
to the high cost of gasoline, the dangers of oil dependence and the
environmental damage caused by too much gasoline being used to travel too
"This is a time in automotive development where many promises have been
made and a wait-and-see attitude has developed," Furia said. "The XH-150 is
not a promise but a fact with 'tires to kick.' The XH-150 does not require
exotic or controversial fuels, it works within the present energy
infrastructure, and components are available off-the-shelf at reasonable
prices -- prices that will only drop lower as volume demand increases. Just
as important, XH production vehicles are capable of being built now at
prices many people can afford."
"Addressing the central limitations of chemical batteries was critical
to creating the Extreme Hybrid," Furia explained. "Batteries work best when
they provide a slow, steady flow of electricity. Offering enough power for
fast acceleration is difficult and damaging to batteries, and this is
especially true as batteries become deeply discharged."
"The most common solution is to employ many more batteries and simply
shallow-discharge them, which is impractical for all but expensive, exotic
vehicles. Instead, the Extreme Hybrid accesses AFS Trinity's long history
of developing Fast Energy solutions for NASA, the U.S. Department of
Defense and others. At the heart of this new Fast Energy technology are
patent pending control electronics to cache power for short periods in
ultra-capacitors and provide this power in bursts for all-electric
acceleration that is better, in many cases, than the internal combustion
engine of the host vehicle," Furia said. "Until the Extreme Hybrid, hybrids
have resorted to gasoline to satisfy acceleration demands."
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