When we hear the name Pininfarina, we like to think about the attractive lines of a Ferrari or Maseratti, but it seems that the Italian design house has recently decided to also cover an radically different area of the automotive industry, unveiling a... hybrid bus.
The Pininfarina Hybus relies on a 17-year-old Iveco bus design, with the contraption being powered by two Magneti Marelli electric motors, which use a collector-reduction gearbox to send the output to the rear wheels.
The juice comes from a lithium-ion battery pack, which receives power from an electric generator that is coupled to a 1.3-liter Multi-jet diesel engine.
The bus was created as a solution for fighting pollution in Turin, Pininfarina’s home city. This is a demo vehicle and the company estimates that fitting the old buses with fresh tech is 60 percent cheaper that acquiring new hybrid vehicles.