The project was funded by Energy Saving Trust as part of the Low Carbon Car Challenge to the tune of £1.8 million. Zytek has modified the 1.5L turbo-diesel Smart with two permanent magnet electric motors and the battery system. The 288V lithium ion battery can output 25 kW of power to drive the car about 20 miles on electricity alone. The combination of the diesel and regenerative braking allow the car to achieve over 70 mpg (US).
[Source: BusinessWire via GreenCarCongress]