84 MPG Plug-In Hybrid Created in Europe
Lithium Technology Corporation recently announced that it has converted a Daimler Chrysler "Smart ForFour" into a demonstration plug-in vehicle in London. The battery system is the result of collaboration with Zytek, one of the world’s leading suppliers of expertise in automotive control systems and powertrain management. The vehicle has a fuel economy of over 84 mpg and an all-electric range of 20 miles.The battery can be charged by either the internal combustion engine (ICE) and regenerative braking or by plugging into a electric outlet.
The vehicle utilizes a hybrid power train based on a 68 hp, 1.5 liter, 3-cylinder turbo charged diesel engine coupled with two high-efficiency permanent-magnet electric motors.
:: Via Energy Blog