Tennessee University Shows Off Add-On Plug-In Hybrid Kit [Video]
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While there are many companies who can no convert pretty much any car to run on electricity, most people will be put off by the limited range and long charge times. This is why hybrids are gaining so much popularity, as they use both their electric motor and petrol engine to achieve very good economy figures - especially in town.
They have patented a bolt-on hybrid system which genuinely seems to work, thanks in no small part to the simplicity of the concept itself. According to Dr. Perry, they have analyzed all possible ways in which to turn a car into a hybrid and have reached the conclusion that hub motors are the best way to go - we agree, as they are the solution which can easily be fitted to virtually any car (they were using a Honda Civc Estate, for their test runs).
Apparently, the kit is quite cheap for what it is, with a price around the $3,000 mark (we say it could go even lower, and if it does, then it will really take off). We honestly hope it does as it is by far the greenest way to go green, as you are not ditching your current car to buy another which would be built at great cost (both financial and environmental).
Story via autoblog.com and mtsunews.com
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On 7 September 2012 at 00:36 UTC, Tim Brix said:
Wow, this is great I would buy the kit but will it work on trucks or suv's. I have a Suburban that I would love to get better mileage in. What do you think???
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