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It's been a while since we've heard anything from AFS Trinity, the company that tried to make an impact a few years ago with a claim of "150 miles per gallon" equivalent plug-in hybrids (PHEV). After taking a bit of heat for that number, the company quieted down – disappearing from the LA Auto Show in 2008. The most recent news we heard from AFS was that it was thinking about building production versions of its Extreme Hybrid SUVs at a facility in Delaware. Looks like that plan is still

AFS Trinity SUV – Click above for high-res image gallery

Click above for high-res gallery of the AFS Trinity prototypes

While it's true that we have posted before about extraordinary performances turned in by the batteries of Altairnano before, in light of the recent claim by AFS Trinity that lithium ion batteries in a plug-in hybrid could only achieve 25,000 miles (unless the energy was buffered by ultracapacititors as it is in the AFS design), we thought you might particularly enjoy hearing about a recent test conducted by other entities. The utility company Southern California Edison (SCE) has been putting a b

The lithium ion batteries being used for plug-in hybrids such as the Chevy Volt are easily the single most expensive part of the car and now, AFS Trinity is claiming that they will only last 25,000 miles before needing to be replaced. The company has its own plug-in hybrid technology and claims their batteries can last 150,000 miles and avoids this rapid deterioration because of ultracapacitors they employ that act as an energy buffer. They will be showing off their "Extreme Hybrid" prototypes a

AFS Trinity, which is working on technology to make 250mpg cars available for people without $100,000 to drop on a Tesla Roadster, keeps filing patents for its Hybrid Extreme™ system. The latest was in mid-September, and AFS Trinity says that the company's goal is to develop a more plug-in hybrid system, an extreme hybrid if you will, that increases mileage through grid power and cheaper lithium-ion batteries. This will help buyers recoup their price premium as quickly as possible. AFS Tri