AFS Trinity Power Corporation is studying Delaware as a potential site for the further development and assembly of its plug in hybrid electric vehicle the “Extreme Hybrid”, and, starting today, will provide state officials and legislators with ride-and-drive demonstrations of two prototype AFS Trinity 150 mpg SUV’s.
AFS Trinity CEO Edward W. Furia said, “Delaware has embraced automotive technology dedicated to reducing greenhouse gases and American oil dependence. As a result, the state is attracting leading developers of plug-in hybrids and other next generation automotive technologies. We think this makes Delaware a very attractive place to roll out the first AFS Trinity Extreme Hybrids. This is why we have been meeting with Delaware-located auto assemblers, developers and distributors for several months to discuss the initial assembly and, possibly, the ongoing production of Extreme Hybrids.”
“Delaware has a legacy of innovation that stretches back generations. We also have a growing reputation as a hub for the critical clean energy jobs of the future. Electric hybrid vehicles will certainly be an important part of that,” said Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell. “I’m very much looking forward to seeing what the XH150 can do on the roads of the nation’s First State.”
The AFS Trinity prototypes, called Extreme Hybrids, are test track proven SUV’s with fast acceleration, 90 mph highway speed and 40 miles of all-electric range on a single charge, farther than most Americans drive on a typical day.
Mileage is based on a typical week of driving: 40 miles, 6 days per week and 100 miles on one day each week. The first 40 of every day are electric and gasoline is used for longer distances. For this driving profile, the Extreme Hybrid uses up to 2 gallons of gas for 340 miles traveled which works out to 170 mpg, which the company rounds down to 150 miles per gallon to reflect potentially aggressive driving styles or a heavily laden vehicle. For a complete discussion of mileage issues, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) tab of AFS Trinity’s extensive web site or just click on this link – http://www.afstrinity.com/faq.htm
About AFS Trinity
AFS Trinity Power Corp was created by a 2001 merger of American Flywheel Systems (AFS) and Trinity Flywheel Power (Trinity) which were incorporated in 1991 and 1993, respectively. Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington with an engineering center in Livermore, California, the company develops Fast Energy Storage(TM) for vehicular, spacecraft and stationary power systems utilizing batteries, ultracapacitors, and flywheels. The company has conducted programs with private and government organizations including DARPA, NASA, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. DOT, California Energy Commission, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Lockheed, Honeywell, and Ricardo. For more information visit www.afstrinity.com.