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The 100MPG Lightning Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicle
Posted By Mike Chino On March 17, 2009 @ 10:00 am In Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | 4 Comments
Loveland, Colorado-based Lightning Hybrids  has its sights set on the $10 million automotive x-prize  with a sleek biodiesel-fueled vehicle  that they claim will break the 100MPG barrier for a production sedan. Once completed, their hydraulic hybrid prototype will boast 240 hp, a carbon fiber chassis , and a 0-60 speed of 5.9 seconds.
Lightning Hybrid ‘s 4 wheel sedan will feature a 90 HP high-efficiency biodiesel engine in addition to a 150 HP hydraulic motor/pump and accumulator system. Whereas electric hybrids like the Prius  store energy from regenerative breaking in a battery, hydraulic hybrids work by storing energy in a pressurized chamber and releasing it upon acceleration.
As told by Lightning Hybrids team leader Dan Johnson to Gas 2.0 : “We have developed a unique and patent-pending biodiesel-hydraulic hybrid vehicle which emphasizes thermodynamic and hydraulic system efficiencies, lightweight mechanical and composite structures, and clean sports car styling.”
The vehicle will be officially unveiled at the Denver Auto Show  this April, and they are aiming for release in 2010 at a price point of $39,000 – $59,000.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=21016
 Lightning Hybrids: http://www.lightninghybrids.com/index.html
 automotive x-prize: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/25/10-million-dollar-x-prize-for-greener-100mpge-car/
 biodiesel-fueled vehicle: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/15/oilgae-the-next-biofuel-from-algae/
 carbon fiber chassis: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/10/transportation-tuesday-the-worlds-most-advanced-bicycle/
 Prius: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/08/transportation-tuesday-solar-powered-toyota-prius/
 Gas 2.0: http://gas2.org/2009/03/11/100-mpg-hydraulic-hybrid-vies-for-x-prize-runs-on-biodiesel/
 Denver Auto Show: http://www.paragonexpo.com/399.html?flash=1
 Autoblog Green: http://www.autobloggreen.com/2009/03/10/lightning-hybrid-to-go-for-x-prize-with-100-mpg-biodiesel-hydrau/
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