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British Firm Converts Mini Cooper to 80mpg Hybrid

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British Firm Converts Mini Cooper to 80mpg Hybrid

Source: Treehugger
SYNOPSIS: The PML Mini QED supports an all-electric range of 200-250 miles and has a total range of about 932 miles (1,500 km).

A British engineering firm has put together a high-performance hybrid version
of BMW's Mini Cooper. The PML Mini QED has a top speed of 150 mph, a 0-60 mph
time of 4.5 seconds. The car uses a small gasoline engine with four 160
horsepower electric motors â” one on each wheel. The car has been designed to run
for four hours of combined urban/extra urban driving, powered only by a battery
and bank of ultra capacitors. The QED supports an all-electric range of 200-250
miles and has a total range of about 932 miles (1,500 km). For longer journeys
at higher speeds, a small conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) is used
to re-charge the battery. In this hybrid mode, fuel economies of up to 80mpg can
be achieved.
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