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150 mpg hybrid not allowed in auto shows. While we bail them

Post#1 » Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:53 pm

150 mpg hybrid not allowed in auto shows. While we bail them out,
the technology is HERE

http://www.scientificblogging.com/news_ ... o_industry
AFS Trinity Power Corporation today announced it pulled its 150 MPG plug-in hybrid SUV prototypes out of the LA Auto Show but will independently exhibit and demonstrate the super fuel-efficient vehicles on their own elsewhere in downtown LA during the show.

The company's decision followed actions by the LA Auto Show to muzzle AFS Trinity from highlighting the 150 miles per gallon fuel economy of its XH150 prototype vehicles. The suppression by the automakers of information about technologies such as this raises serious questions about the judgment, vision, intentions and capabilities of the leadership of these companies, said Edward W. Furia, Chairman and CEO of AFS Trinity. Such conduct by the automakers, who are currently seeking tens of billions of taxpayer dollars, ostensibly to develop fuel efficient vehicle technologies, is evidence they are reluctant to embrace solutions they didn't invent.

First shown at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January, 2008, two XH150 prototypes have toured the country for the last ten months and received positive reactions.

Furia explained that, when AFS Trinity sought exhibition space on the main floor of the LA Auto Show, the only space that show management offered was the Kentia Hall basement and he noted that the LA Auto Show is owned by the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association, which, in turn, is closely associated with the major auto makers in Detroit. To address AFS Trinity's concern that the Kentia Hall basement space was much less likely to attract visitors to the XH150 exhibit, show management offered the company a package of floor space in Kentia, advertising space in the auto show program and billboard space on the main floor of the convention center, suggesting that AFS Trinity could use the ad and billboard to attract visitors to the basement exhibit.

"There was just one hitch," Furia said. "Before we could proceed, the content of our ad and billboard had to be submitted to auto show management for approval. When we told them that the ad and billboard content would essentially be the same as what the company has used in its web site for the past ten months and which we used at the Detroit Auto Show in January, they responded that our mileage claim of 150 miles per gallon would not be permitted."

Furia quoted an email from LA Auto Show management that said, "We cannot approve this content ... the mileage claim is of primary concern to us. Manufacturers are forced to quote EPA verified mpg numbers in their advertising, and ... [your] 150-MPG figure is an estimation. A banner like this one in the lobby is likely to generate unfavorable reactions from manufacturers, which is something we will take action to avoid." (Email from LA Auto Show Assistant General Manager, Scott Webb).

In response, AFS Trinity observed that EPA does not certify mileage estimates of show cars and prototypes, but nevertheless offered to modify its billboard and ad content with new text, stating, 150-MPG is an estimate, not EPA-certified ...your mileage may vary.

The email AFS Trinity received in response from LA Auto Show management, according to Furia, reads: 'We will not accept any billboard or program advertising that mentions AFS Trinity's 150-MPG claim, including references as part of the graphics on the vehicle. This is no longer a topic for further discussion.'

Explaining AFS Trinity's decision to pull out of the LA Auto show completely, Furia said, "We had no choice but to pull out of the show when they refused to let us state our 150-MPG mileage estimate, as it is the most important and popular feature of our technology. Indeed, I believe our fuel economy would be the main reason that people would go to the trouble to find us at the auto show, he said. Being in the basement was bad enough. Forcing us to be silent about our key benefit was simply unacceptable."

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Good, but not great . Try this on for size… WATCH!

Post#2 » Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:55 pm

Good, but not great . Try this on for size… WATCH!
On November 10th, 2008 Desert Rat says:

… A car that runs on AIR. That's right, compressed air. It will launch in the U.S. in 2010. It is stated to have a range of up to 1,000 miles. Read all about it here:
http://www.gizmag.com/compressed-air-ca ... 2010/8896/

The Big Three automakers should NEVER get a bailout. They have sold the American people out for way too long. Let the new guys with the great ideas take over and give us REAL choices that make sense.

or, if the air car didn't pop your cork, try these:


Magnetic hybrid motorbike unveiled in Japan


All electric Aptera car (300 mpg hybrid)


Big 3 and Big Oil… Kiss my rosy red ass!!! I have vowed to NEVER buy another Internal combustion car. I will drive my current car until it turns to rust (if need be), but I will NEVER buy another car with an Internal combustion engine.

Solution to tyranny: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

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from AFS Trinity Power

Post#3 » Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:58 pm

from AFS Trinity Power
has developed patent-pending technology that makes it possible for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to achieve 150 MPG, go 40 miles in all-electric mode, and use gasoline for additional unlimited miles in hybrid mode.

In July 2007, in order to very quickly demonstrate all of the key attributes of this technology, the company mounted an effort to build two fully operational XH-150 SUV prototypes using off-the-shelf components. The two vehicles—modified Saturn Vue SUVs—were built in less than six months. They were unveiled on January 13, 2008 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (Press Announcement) and (Salon.com test drive report)

On April 8, 2008, AFS Trinity started a cross country tour to give Americans their first onroad look at what CNN and others suggested may be “the car of the future.” The XH-150 arrived at the Capitol Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, April 20, 2008 (Video of Congressional Ride-and-Drives). On July 22, 2008, AFS Trinity attended the Plug-in 2008 convention in San Jose, CA. (Video: CBS Affiliate coverage I Press Release).

On September 24, 2008, AFS Trinity CEO Edward W. Furia urged Congressional leadership and the Presidential candidates to support $25 Billion Auto stimulus package, provided small innovative companies are not left out and the funds are administered by an independent body. (Press Release I Letter to Speaker Pelosi I Full Page Ad in New York Times & Washington Post)

September 28, 2008 - Washington Post,"Corporate Socialism, Intelligently Applied"
See also, October 26, 2008 - Washington Post, "Time To Change Gears for a Fuel Efficient Future"

Consumer reaction to the 150 MPG XH-150 Extreme Hybrid™ has been overwhelmingly positive since the working prototype of the vehicle was unveiled at the Detroit International Auto Show in January of this year. With two demonstrator vehicles now on the road, we have proven that the AFS Trinity XH technology is succeeding beyond expectations in a prototype of a real, practical family SUV. Now it's time to move to the next level.

In order to make a vehicle like the XH-150 affordable for everyone, we need to move from prototypes to commercial production. As production levels increase, costs will be driven down. In sufficient volumes, we estimate that the price can be driven down to below $40,000 and, if tax incentives such as those recently announced by the Presidential candidates are passed, the price could be as low as $33,000. In either case, the money that drivers will save because of greatly diminished gasoline use will return them at least half of these amounts, even if gasoline drops down below $3/gallon again. On the other hand, if gas climbs to $5/gallon, the payback to drivers could actually exceed their original purchase price. See "The world's first ''zero-cost'' hybrid?"

This is your chance to express your interest in a vehicle like the XH-150. This sign-up list will entitle you to be among the first to receive more information about ordering an Extreme Hybrid SUV when AFS Trinity announces production plans and the company and/or licensees can accept firm orders. This sign-up list creates no obligation for you or AFS Trinity, but helps us in planning and getting closer to producing an affordable vehicle for you and your family. We do not sell or share names or email addresses.

Yes, I am interested in receiving more information about ordering an AFS Trinity Extreme Hybrid like the XH-150!

AFS Trinity's XH-150 plug-in hybrid comes home to Seattle on June 3rd, 2008. Governor Chris Gregoire (D - Washington) takes a test drive. (Press Coverage I Video I Press Release).

AFS Trinity's XH-150 plug-in hybrid arrives on Capitol Hill in Wash., D.C. on Earth Day, 8/22/08. Congressman George Radanovich
(R - California) takes a test drive. (click here for Press Release)

Click the tabs above to learn more about what AFS Trinity has accomplished, view recent broadcast
and press reports (Selected Coverage), and see videos about the 150 MPG SUV prototypes.
June 3, 2008 Press Release in PDF

Latest news and related videos
XH-150 Presentation in PDF
Frequently Asked Questions page

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from Gizmo article

Post#4 » Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:00 pm

Zero Pollution compressed Air Car set for U.S. launch in 2010
Zero Pollution compressed Air Car Image: www.zeropollutionmotors.us
http://www.gizmag.com/compressed-air-ca ... 2010/8896/
Zero Pollution compressed Air Car Image: www.zeropollutionmotors.us
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February 29, 2008 The Zero-Pollution MDI Air Car, invented in France and licensed by Tata Motors in India, is coming to American shores. Zero Pollution Motors have announced they will begin taking reservations for the first U.S. deliveries in the next couple of months, but it will be 2010 before Americans get their first taste of the ingenious compressed-air motor, which runs to 35mph entirely on air, or uses a trickle of petrol to heat and compress more air to reach higher speeds up to 90mph. It'll cost next to nothing to run (how do 30,000km service intervals sound?), have a range of up to 1000 miles, and retail for well under US$20,000.

We've written before about the promising potential of compressed air as the next energy storage medium for road cars, and it seems the concept is starting to gather some serious momentum. After signing a mass-production agreement with India's largest auto manufacturer, Zero Pollution has announced the beginning of a marketing push into the U.S.A.

Pre-orders for the air car will be taken in early 2008 on the Zero Pollution website, and initial U.S. deliveries for a 6-seater, 4-door, 75 hp, dual-energy MDI Air Car are anticipated for 2010.

The air car has also been one of the first entries in the multi-million dollar Automotive XPrize competition, which aims to reward innovators and inspire a new generation of super-efficient, 100mph+ vehicles to help free mankind from its oil addiction.

Check out our original look at the air car for more information on the amazing multifunction compressed air engine, as well as more information about the air car's development.

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French auto runs on compressed air technology

Post#5 » Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:02 pm

French auto runs on compressed air technology

December 2, 2004 French engineers have designed a low consumption and low pollution engine for urban motoring that runs on compressed air technology. The CATS (Compressed Air Technology System) "air car" from Motor Development International is a significant step for zero-emission transport, delivering a compressed air-driven vehicle that is safe, quiet, has a top speed of 110 km/h and a range of 200 km. Costing next to nothing to run, the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) range - which includes a pick-up truck and van - is set for release in early 2005.

Cyril Nègre is the head of Research and Development at Moteur Developement International (MDI) cars, where the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) prototype has been in production since 1994. The two-stroke engine is powered by compressed air stored in tanks at about 150 times the pressure of tyres on a car. The expansion of the compressed air drives the pistons to create movement, replacing the burning of fossil fuel in a conventional engine. In an air-refilling station (currently unavailable as service stations have not been fitted yet) it is estimated to take between three and four minutes to re-fuel. At home, with a 220V plug, it takes three and a half hours.

Nègre estimates a full tank of air will cost around 1.50 euros to fill and that the extra reward is knowing that you are pumping nothing harmful into the atmosphere. The hidden environmental cost with the CATS is that electricity must still be generated and the means of that production may still employ fossil fuels that discharge pollutants. Still, the savings to the pocket and environment appear well worth investigating. Four models are available for the commercial market - the MiniCAT car at approximately €6 860 euros, or the CitiCATs, including a taxi (with room for up to 5 passengers), a Pick-Up truck and a van, all retailing for approximately €9,460 euros plus taxes.

Air powered engine

This engine uses an innovative system to control the movement of the 2nd generation pistons and one single crankshaft. The pistons work in two stages: one motor stage and one intermediate stage of compression/expansion. The engine has 4 two-stage pistons, i.e. 8 compression and/or expansion chambers. They have two functions: to compress ambient air and refill the storage tanks; and to make successive expansions (reheating air with ambient thermal energy) thereby approaching isothermic expansion. Its steering-wheel is equipped with a 5kW electric moto-alternator. This motor is simultaneously:

• the motor to compress air • the starting motor • the alternator for recharging the battery • an electric moderator/brake • a temporary power supply (e.g. for parking)

No clutch is necessary. The engine is idle when the car is stationary and the vehicle is started by the magnetic plate, which re-engages the compressed air. Parking manoeuvres are powered by the electric motor. The CAT´s 34 P04 engine is equipped with patented variable-volume butts and a dynamic variable-volume volumetric reducer.

The dual energy system

The Series 34 CAT´s engines can be equipped with and run on dual energies - fossil fuels and compressed air - and incorporate a reheating mechanism (a continuous combustion system, easily controlled to minimise pollution) between the storage tank and the engine. This mechanism allows the engine to run exclusively on fossil fuel, which permits compatible autonomy on the road. While the car is running on fossil fuel, the compressor refills the compressed air tanks. The control system maintains a zero-pollution emission in the city at speeds up to 60 km/h. The MDI con-rod system allows the piston to be held at Top Dead Centre for 70º of the cycle.This way, enough time is given to create the pressure in the cylinder. The torque is also better so the force exerted on the crankshaft is less substantial than in a classic system.


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MDI- Motor Development International

Post#6 » Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:03 pm

MDI- Motor Development International http://www.mdi.lu/

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