Remember those gearheads who modified a Prius so it could average 100 miles per gallon by making better use of its batteries? Well, their discoveries have gone beyond the garage and into several new companies. CalCars and EDdrive have made available the modification kits for the Prius to the public. The Advanced Hybrid Vehicle Development Consortium, a group of automotive components suppliers, are developing a prototype vehicle utilizing not only the new batteries and motors but new ultracapacitors that may provide torque matching, if not exceeding, that of diesel engines.

Forget the Prius. Looks like gearheads, (techno)geeks, and environmentalists (green) are the real hybrid.

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