Lorinser Launches Easybrid smart fortwo
We are going to use the names “Lorinser” and “smart fortwo”, so you’re probably expecting that we’ll present some pocket rocket. Well, things aren’t quite so: the mini vehicle has indeed received a power boost, but not in the usual way. By this we mean that the vehicle’s engine has been left untouched. But let’s get to the point.
Lorinser has created the Easybrid, an intelligent retrofittable electric hub motor, with the project being showcased on a smart fortwo. Before we start presenting the electric unit, we must mention that this is not only destined for the smart fortwo, being suitable for a broader range of vehicles.
The hub unit comes with an output of 41 hp and also allows the driver to operate the vehicle in an electric-only mode. Of course, the motor also requires the installation of a Li-ion battery package. The latter can be placed in the reserve wheel drop or under the car.
The system can be recharged using a standard household outlet and also comes with a KERS system.
Lorinser says that the development is suitable for small vehicles and that it offers an electric-only range of 30 KM, also extending the vehicle’s overall range, increasing performance and reducing CO2 emissions. The tuner estimates the product would have a price of EUR5,000 (about $6,650), but this could drop if the authorities decided to offer subsidies for installing it.
You can check out the press release bellow (PDF file) for the full details.
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