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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.

Test Results

According to Furia, the Extreme Hybrid(TM) tests just completed at Michelin's Laurens Proving Grounds in South Carolina produced ...
  • 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 hybrid mode.
  • Even faster acceleration and higher speeds possible in future production models should the company decide to configure them for such performance.
License or Manufacture

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 Furia.

"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 few miles."

"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."

Technical Breakthrough

"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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