Timon Singh

XL Hybrids Can Convert Your Gas-Guzzler Into a Hybrid Car

by , 03/17/11

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Many of us wish we could afford to buy a new hybrid or electric car, but until we get that promotion/new job/win the lottery, we’re stuck with our gas-guzzlers. Now a Massachusetts-based company called XL Hybrids has found a solution — they’ve developed an add-on kit that can transform any gas-guzzling car into a hybrid, reducing fuel consumption by up to 30 percent!

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Using a Ford Crown Victoria and a Lincoln Town Car limousine as test subjects, XL Hybirds were able to install a 20 horsepower electric motor that increased the V8 engines’ fuel efficiency from 13-15 miles to the gallon to around 20 miles. The system is linked to the differential (in rear wheel drive systems), and it works by providing an electric boost during acceleration that takes the strain off a vehicle’s gas engine. As many of you know, acceleration is the part of driving that consumes the most fuel.

The system uses a small, lightweight Li-Ion battery which is installed in the trunk. On top of that, the electric system charges itself through the gasoline engine as well as through regenerative braking.

Now, it’s not strictly a hybrid, but the electric engine does lower fuel consumption. In that aspect, it’s sort of a semi-hybrid. According to XL Hybrids, the add-on conversion can be done on any car, and the entire six-hour operation is estimated to pay for itself in 24 months.

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Via Gas2.org

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3 Comments

  1. jb2279 February 8, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Hi, I have a rear wheel drive car and a front wheel drive car. Do you have a hybrid kit that will work on front wheel drive cars? If so, how much are both kits? I do not always have access to a computer and my email account. I am wanting a hybrid kit for both of my cars. Instead of sending me an email,if you could respond my mailing me the answers to my questions, along with the information and pricing and updates, i would appreciate it. My name is Joseph Bruno. My address is 5126 S. Nashville Ave. Chicago Illinois 60638. Thank You.

  2. caeman March 18, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Neat idea for retro-fitting older cars. There are a lot of old cabs that might benefit if this technology really works as well as their marketing department claims.

  3. lazyreader March 18, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Only one way to make sure. Scrutiny, we must test this device using 2 of the exact same models of car. Undergo the same driving patterns and roads. We must be skeptical before we embrace another possible feel good machine. What’s the cost of the device and cost to service install.

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