• Apr 24th 2009 at 11:48AM
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Italian magazine Quattroroute is reporting that Fiat is hard at work on a new hybrid system for smaller cars and it is prepared to share the system with Chrysler. The system could appear in the tiny 500 and the upcoming Topolino paired up with Fiat's new 900cc two cylinder turbocharged engine. The hybrid transmission integrates the electric motor/generator and the system uses lithium ion batteries. Fiat is apparently also designing the system with the intent of adding plug-in capability.

While Fiat is by no means the first automaker to bring forth what appears to be a full hybrid system, they could be the first to add one to a car as small as the 500. So far, most automakers are sticking to just automatic start/stop systems on these little cars. If a Chrysler/Fiat deal does get consummated, Chrysler would also likely get this system in its Fiat-derived small and compact cars. Thanks to Cristian for the tip!

[Source: Quattroroute]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Speaking of the hybrids Fiat, the technology double clutch with electric motor between has been borrowed by a patent that Fiat Company has never wanted to purchase, but only shamelessly to copy. I invite to visit my blog where her "vitality" of the Fiat planners it appears in all of evidence:

      Whoever appreciates an honest industrial ethics in defence of intellectual ownership should spread out my blog. If the industries can afford unpunished to copy the ideas and defending it need very expensive causes, to which target need the patents? How our young people (specially in Italy) can find intellectual courage if the economic potentates crush the rights of the single ones?

      Ulisse Di Bartolomei
      • 6 Years Ago
      These electric hybrid systems don't work good for cars like this one and the prius and insight and volt. What it take for a hybrid is hydraulic- hybrid, that way you jump over 100 mpg with greater power.


      To be concise, hydraulic offer a direct transfert of power to the wheels for acceleration and offer great braking power to recapture almost 100 % of the energy contrary to battery that recapture 10 to 25% of the power. And the ice connected to a pressure pumps is more efficient this wat then the conventional architecture of be bolted to an inadapted transmission like it is in this exemple and each other cars before. They could have made this hydraulic hybrid in the 1920's era, it's not complicated. That's why the goverment have ban this method in the past and that's why they didn't accepted participants for the x-prize with this architecture, even if it cost one million for building 5 to 10 prototypes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Several hundred thousand hybrid owners would beg to differ with you, Gorr, their gas-electric hybrids work very well for them, with excellent fuel economy and better than average reliability.

        Hydraulic hybrids suffer from one problem - the low energy density of the hydraulic accumulator that stores the hydraulic energy by compressing air in a tank that is quite a bit larger than the equivalent energy storage battery. It is no problem finding enough room for that large tank on a garbage truck or delivery truck, but it is too large for successful use in a small car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We hope Chrysler can get a breath of fresh air from a European maker. They are eons ahead of us as far as small efficient cars are concerned. Of course, we still hope to see the Dodge Circuit out.

      • 6 Years Ago

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      The Warmist information says forest are shrinking, but the scientific data reverse that. NA is rapidly re-foresting. The Amazon supposedly so threatened is expanding. And despite the easy to find photographs of de-forested or logged-over timberland, that is the exception to and not the rule. Silviculture has been practiced at least as long as agriculture; the period of time from one crop of timber land to another crop is not one season but a score or more of years, from seedling to harvest-able timber.

      All due to that necessary plant food gas CO2, that mankind may be kindly adding to the present atmosphere, to feed the stunted and carbon-deprived plants.

      Spreading parallel-series hybrids down the size scale will produce remarkable mileage figure approaching 100 mpg for tiny HEVs. The wil obviate the need for tiny diesels that may not be cost effective with T2B5 cleanup equipment added to them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      2 cylinder 900c turbo engine + Dodge circuit EV - about 2/3rds of the batteries and cost = lots of fun :)
      • 6 Years Ago
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      • 6 Years Ago
      The subchassis shown is perfect for my safer small car invention.

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