• Feb 5th 2010 at 9:00AM
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We've been over AFS Trinity's incredibly weird "150 miles per gallon" claim before, so let's not get into it here (especially since General Motors has since come out with their 230 mpg number for the Chevrolet Volt). What we have now is an announcement by the start-up automaker that it is thinking about building production versions of its Extreme Hybrid SUVs at a facility in Delaware. Company officials have been meeting for months with local auto assemblers, developers and distributors to talk about developing and maybe making the vehicles in the state.

Exactly how the powertrain in the prototype XH150 (based on a Saturn Vue) works is not explained, but it is a blend of fairly standard plug-in hybrid components with ultracapacitors added into the system. The company says that the AFS Trinity Fast Energy system is a:
unique, patent-pending system of fast energy storage and delivery, comprised of off the shelf lithium ion batteries and ultracapacitors, actively managed by AFS Trinity's proprietary power and control electronics module and software.
Watch a video of the system in animated action after the jump. As for being able to buy one of these any time soon, no one's holding their breath, right?

[Source: AFS Trinity]


AFS Trinity Considers Delaware For Manufacturing 150 MPG SUV

SYNOPSIS: Prototype XH150 uses a hybrid battery system that blends energy density of chemical battery with power density of ultracapacitor.

AFS Trinity Power Corporation today said it is studying Delaware as a potential site for the further development and assembly of its plug in hybrid electric vehicle the "Extreme Hybrid", and, starting today, will provide state officials and legislators with ride-and-drive demonstrations of two prototype AFS Trinity 150 mpg SUV's.

AFS Trinity CEO Edward W. Furia said, "Delaware has embraced automotive technology dedicated to reducing greenhouse gases and American oil dependence. As a result, the state is attracting leading developers of plug-in hybrids and other next generation automotive technologies. We think this makes Delaware a very attractive place to roll out the first AFS Trinity Extreme Hybrids. This is why we have been meeting with Delaware-located auto assemblers, developers and distributors for several months to discuss the initial assembly and, possibly, the ongoing production of Extreme Hybrids."

"Delaware has a legacy of innovation that stretches back generations. We also have a growing reputation as a hub for the critical clean energy jobs of the future. Electric hybrid vehicles will certainly be an important part of that," said Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell. "I'm very much looking forward to seeing what the XH150 can do on the roads of the nation's First State."

The AFS Trinity prototypes, called Extreme Hybrids, are test track proven SUV's with fast acceleration, 90 mph highway speed and 40 miles of all-electric range on a single charge, farther than most Americans drive on a typical day.

150-MPG Calculation

Mileage is based on a typical week of driving: 40 miles, 6 days per week and 100 miles on one day each week. The first 40 of every day are electric and gasoline is used for longer distances. For this driving profile, the Extreme Hybrid uses up to 2 gallons of gas for 340 miles traveled which works out to 170 mpg, which the company rounds down to 150 miles per gallon to reflect potentially aggressive driving styles or a heavily laden vehicle. For a complete discussion of mileage issues, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) tab of AFS Trinity's extensive web site or just click on this link - http://www.afstrinity.com/faq.htm

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      Rasor Technologies has a similar power train that can be researched at wwe.rasertech.com Their site has detailed design and performance data. Their batteries have a 40 mile range (a la Volt) and a range extender engine (also a la Volt) but adds their proprietary electric motor and ultra capacitors connected to the regenerative braking. Their vehicle also has extensive third party testing to verify claims.

      • 5 Years Ago
      i feel soo bad... their concept looks like it was designed in 1991
      • 5 Years Ago
      IT DOES NOT GET 150 MPG!
      Does anyone else hate these false claims about the fuel economy of plug in hybrids as much as I do?
      Using the creative math they employ you could say it gets 1000 mpg, or 1 million mpg. The sky is the limit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just build it! Price it low enough that middle class families can actually afford it and get it on the road in large numbers.

      Their faq page lists a purchase price of $31,000. If they can keep it to that (and factoring in the $7,500 tax credit) this vehicle will be a game changer on the order of the Nissan Leaf.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Woot, more delaware jobs! Yay home state!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've been following the AFS Trinity company and product for a few years and they DO have a proven technology. It could be made available in just a few months IF GM had allowed them to buy the Saturn Vue plant on which their SUV is actually made. They basically remove the Vue hybrids batteries, controller and then add in their battery pack, ultra capacitors and control electronics. They had b4 info on their website about a Honda Civic size vehicle and it's equivalent MPG would be about 250mpg. This mileage is computed based on the fact that for most Americans daily driving is under 75 miles round trip. You would get this "150mpg" looking at what gas you will need per week to take over for the batery pack when it gets low. What I get from you skeptics is that what is the actual $$ cost if one factored in electric cost and gasoline costs. They have a compete chart on their website showing total cost of ownership, etc..

      The Volt's problem from my view is that it dos not use ultracapacitors. The weakness in these electric hybrids is in the batteries. Batteries generate heat when they have to discharge (read car acceleration) large currents. This degrades the battery and lesons it's life. Using he capacitors extends the batery life since the accel. current comes from the capacitors, saving the battery fromworking too hard and heating up. Braking - batteries ca only absorb about 21% of the braking energy due to the nature of he electro chemical reaction limits, the capacitors can absorb up to about 87%!! I advise all of you to check out their site afstrinity.com. If our government, oil companies, and in league businesses (GM, etc..) would allow it we would b driving these today.

      Think of what would happen to gasoline use if as the gov. own satistics show that 75% of us cold drive daily without consuming ANY gasoline.

      Think lower gas costs, energy independance?, cleaner air!

      John in Chico
      • 5 Years Ago
      oops - Raser (not Rasor) Technologies. website is www.rasertech.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      Without a standard way to measure combined mileage, these plug-in hybrids can pretty much claim anything they want.
      I've seen this truck, and met Dr. Furia. It's a nice package, but I don't see any way this thing can be made for a reasonable price. After all, it's based on the Saturn Vue Hybrid and I don't think they even make this any more, then add the package on top of that, at least $15K (probably more). So now you are in the range of the Chevy Volt.
      Well, good luck with that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We've heard all this before. When it's available for sale i'll listen, till then, it's just so much vaporware.

      example: Why are pudants eviscerating the chevy Volt? Because they've been "selling" the car for close to 5 years and still haven't got even ONE into customer hands. It truly appears to be happening, but the time frame is ridiculous. I/we are sick to death of hype.
      I understand that it takes time. But why make public announcements/promises only to have to retract them later. Build it, test it, THEN reveal it. We are sick of laboratory projects that will never happen. Sometimes I think it's all just a scam to get loans and maybe an IPO. Afterward they just take the money and run.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't we all come to a news site to learn about things that are in the pipelines? If they only "reported" on things that are already for sale, I'd learn about it at the dealership, not at my computer.

        Maybe you're looking for fueleconomy.gov or edmunds.com.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Based on the Saturn Vue" now discontinued, means they'll have to find a different model from a different manufacturer to retrofit, as I don't think they have the resources to design a car from scratch. That means more delays.

      But if they delay too long, they'll be crowded out of the market by bigger manufacturers.
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