Car Manufacturers draw on ARRA funds to develop next generation Electric Vehicles
The 2010 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicle (PHV) adds a lithium-ion battery that enables all-electric operation at higher speeds and longer distances than the conventional Prius hybrid. The new Prius PHV is designed to use the all-electric mode for trips of about 13 miles. After that, it reverts to the hybrid mode like a regular Prius. Toyota plans to deliver 150 vehicles to the United States early in 2010, placing them in regional clusters for consumer tests and technical demonstrations.
Established companies weren't the only ones touting their electric innovations at the Los Angeles auto show, December 4 to 13. Fisker, a U.S. start-up founded in August 2007, said it will begin delivering its Karma plug-in hybrids in the third quarter of 2010. Fisker is backed by a $528.7 million conditional loan from DOE.
The Fisker Karma was displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show along with a wide array of fuel-efficient and electrified concept and production cars, including the tiny Honda Personal-Neo Urban Transport (P-NUT for short) concept and the CMT-380 concept, an extended-range electric vehicle that draws on a 30-kilowatt microturbine from Capstone Turbine Corporation once its battery pack runs low on power. In essence, the CMT-380 is an electric car with a quiet jet engine under its hood.
via Dept of Energy