There's a new hybrid powertrain available thanks to SVE (the Société de véhicules électriques, which was created by the French companies Heuliez and Dassault). The powertrain is called Cleanova Plus and mates SVE's battery-electric system with a bioethanol-powered spark ignition engine.
SVE has provided the French Government with the Cleanova Plus' predecessor, the Cleanova II, for use in nationwide clean vehicle demonstrations since 2001. The Cleanova II is a battery-electric powertrain that uses lithium-ion batteries and a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor-generator. The Cleanova system was used in this year's Challenge Bibendum Rally, and after driving 130 kilometers from the test facility to Paris and back, the SVE vehicles retained a 30 percent battery charge.

[Source: Auto Industry via Green Car Congress]


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