This sounds almost too good to be true.
A British engineering firm has put together a high-performance hybrid version of BMW’s Mini Cooper. The PML Mini QED has a top speed of 150 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. The car uses a small gasoline engine with four 160 horsepower electric motors — one on each wheel. The car has been designed to run for four hours of combined urban/extra urban driving, powered only by a battery and bank of ultra capacitors. The QED supports an all-electric range of 200-250 miles and has a total range of about 932 miles (1,500 km). For longer journeys at higher speeds, a small conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) is used to re-charge the battery. In this hybrid mode, fuel economies of up to 80mpg can be achieved.
I predict within 10 years a lot of the technology in this car will be fairly mainstream and will revolutionize our energy consumption. Of course, a lot of people will dismiss my optimism and point to Big Oil, to which I respond: Big Oil can’t stop something millions of consumers want.
(via Soini on IM)