The LH4 Prototype at the Open House Event in Loveland, Colorado. Photo by Jonathan McGrew.
I arrived in Loveland at about 6 o’clock to find a good crowd of people around the LH4, which indeed looked quite spectacular in its metallic grey paint. Many of the Lightning Hybrids staff were on hand to answer questions and explain how the hydraulic hybrid system works. The unfortunate news was that one of the couplers had failed during testing right before the beginning of the open house. Due to this they weren’t able to give actual demonstrations of the hybrid system. Bonnie Trowbridge, VP of Business Development, explained that the failure wasn’t like your standard car. Since they are developing this car from the ground up, when something fails, they have to go back three levels and work through the debugging process.
There were many people in and out of the Lightning Hybrids Open House during the 4 hour event. Loveland was the place to be on June 26th, 2009.
Bottom line—There are people who are already on the waiting list to have one of these cars once they go into production and the technology could prove to be one of the most versatile and reliable. With that said Lightning Hybrids is still trying to raise funding, so if you are interested in helping visit their website and contact them. You could be a ground floor investor in the next wave of automotive technology.
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