We’ve been looking to something that has us baffled. We don’t put much in conspiracy theories, but this has us wondering. We know it’s election time, but why hasn’t the press been all over this story? Why would they be against technology that would allow us to have a hybrid that would double our gas mileage, weigh the same, and cost the same as our current vehicles?
While electric hybrids capture maybe 25 percent of the braking energy used, this new technology would capture at least 70 percent and do it cheaper. This technology is in use, and with more research and development could produce a Ford Taurus Hybrid that would get 85 mpg, at the same cost and weigh as a regular one.
We’re talking about a Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicle (HHV). The concept is pretty straightforward. The engine powers a hydraulic pump motor, and that charges a high-pressure accumulator. The accumulator then powers one or more pump motors at the wheels. Another lower pressure acumulator completes the hydraulic circuit. But there’s a twist; this systems captures the energy wasted when braking, saves in the acumulator, and reuses it when the vehicle accelerates. A Hydra Drive system on a Hummer H1 conversion uses a 190 hp diesel, but can offer short bursts of power up to 600 hp. SWeet!
The EPA is involved, along with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Eaton Corporation, Ford, Sure Power LLC,BMW, and Parker Hannifin to name a few. Companies such as UPS, Waste Management, and FedEx have been seriously looking into the technology. UPS has already ordered a few. New York City is talking about trying a few for taxis.
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