Students at the Delhi College of Engineering in India are creating prototypes for what they hope could be production hybrid vehicles within 3-5 years. The vehicles are expected to cost significantly less than hybrid vehicles currently in production.
Transmitting the power to the wheels is a new system developed by the students, using belts and pulleys, instead of the torque coupler used by manufacturers such as Toyota. This system is said to save a great deal of money. The students also use lead acid batteries, saving additional money over the high-cost batteries currently is use.

Mahindra and Mahindra, an automotive giant based in India, has funded the project. In other news, students at the Indian Institute of Technology have completed work on a hybrid bus, seating 100 people. The government has taken up interest in the project, and is said to be in talks with the University to convert a number of existing buses from diesel to hybrid drive.

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[Source: Hindustan Times]


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