Friday, September 3, 2010

FVT eVaro plug-in serial hybrid 122-325MPGe

Originally posted on 6 Jan 2010:


I'm growing more interested in the FVT eVaro, which is a 3-wheeled plug-in serial hybrid:

The gasoline version got 92mpg, and the eVaro is electric front wheel drive, and has a fuel vaporizing (for efficient combustion) onboard charger that can charge it in 1 hour.  Plug-in charging (220v) takes ~3 hours, and the all electric range is ~100 miles.  This vehicle is very fast (0-60mph in ~5 seconds!) and it is capable of 1.2G turns.

Here's the claims they make for the eVaro:
*  Between 122 mpge and 325 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent)
* 100-125 mile range on electricity alone
* unlimited extended range with onboard FVT gas generator
* 3 hour re-charge time plug in at home, 1 hour with FVT on board generator

I don't know what they mean by "unlimited extended range" -- surely the fuel tank range would be a better thing to talk about?  "Unlimited" sounds too good to be true; even if they just mean that you can refuel it...

My biggest reservations about it are the canopy entry, and the somewhat cramped (looking) rear seat.  It may be a 1+1, in reality.  I like the small team built in the garage aspect -- they built 3 or 4 prototypes (or more?) with less than $1M (Canadian?).  And I like the quote they have on their web page:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

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