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eVaro Plug-In Hybrid Points North


FVT eVaro Front Quarter

FVT eVaro Front Quarter

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A lot has changed since a group of forward thinking Canadians set up shop at SEMA in 2006 to raise money for the electric super car of the future. First off, their company's former moniker, Fuel Vapor Technologies, has been appropriately revised to Future Vehicle Technologies. Secondly, the modified Honda Accord engine that powered their three-wheeled, two-seater concept has been replaced with a plug-in series hybrid powertrain, similar to that of the upcoming Chevy Volt.

The new car, dubbed the "eVaro" (Electric Vehicle with Advanced Regeneration Onboard), is powered by a 75 kW electric motor. Lithium-manganese battery cells store the power and when the juice runs out, a gas generator extends the vehicle's range. Stomp the throttle, and both the batteries and the generator kick in, propelling the car to 60 mph in less than five seconds and a top speed of 135 mph.

A car this fast has no business getting up to 275 mpg, but that's exactly what the eVaro does between 15 and 40 mph. Between 45 and 75 mph, fuel economy plunges to a gaudy 165 mpg. FVT says the eVaro will roll 90 miles on a single charge using only electric power. After that, the generator starts, contributing an additional 325 miles on two gallons of gas.

While FVT continues to experiment with higher output motors, their first priority is winning the $10 million X Prize competition, which could bring them much closer to the ultimate goal: a production version of the eVaro.

FVT eVaro Door

FVT eVaro Door

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Source: Automobile

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  1. A 3-wheeled vehicle is not a "car" unless it has passed U.S. crash-test standards, which this hasn't, as far as I can tell from your article. Using more precise language will be less confusing for the public.
     
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  2. If automakers don't meet pent up demand for affordable high performance hybrid, electric and/or fuel cell vehicles, then the public will start moving towards 2 and 3 wheeled vehicles that meet that criteria.
     
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  3. Sherry
    While its always nice to hear peoples comments I find uninformed comments like yours to be misinforming to those hungry for true information, your comments regarding three wheeled cars is wrong, in the US the class description of a three wheeled car is as a motorcycle or trike because of the three wheels, in Canada a trike class vehicle may not enclose your body. in the case of the eVaro and cars like it such as the T Rex and Aptera they would be classed as cars with stiffer regulations then a trike, as for crash testing they would not have to be crash tested unless the manufacture is building more then 500 per year, over this number they need to be certified including crash testing
     
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