A revolutionary new car, which averages more than 200 miles per gallon in the city, is being developed at the University of Southampton.
Postgraduate research student Dennis Doerffel has turned a hatchback into a hybrid electric car. It uses the latest lithium ion batteries linked to a small petrol engine, which cuts in automatically if more power or range is required.
He said: "More than 90 per cent of all car journeys are less than 50 miles long. That is the range of the battery and it can be charged up overnight from a domestic power socket. Longer journeys are possible with the aid of the economical petrol engine"
It is predicted that cars may eventually be powered by hydrogen or fuel-cells when global oil reserves run out. This three-year project represents a vital stage in the development process towards new fuels. Dennis work centres on making the various systems and components work together as efficiently and effectively as possible.
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