Albert Einstein often said: "Use the simplest thing that works, as long as it's the best thing."
Einstein must have had Detroit in mind - or
at least its legendary standing as the longtime American home of the automobile
that began with Henry Ford's revolutionary assembly line.
A new technology, called the Hyperdrive hybrid electric powertrain developed by The Paice Corp. comes about as close to achieving the core directives of Einsteinian simplicity as has ever been seen in an automotive application.
The Silver Springs, Maryland research and development firm recently unveiled a high-voltage, gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain - dubbed "Hyperdrive" - at its new engineering center in Livonia, Michigan, near Detroit.
According to its inventor and Paice CEO, Dr.
Alex Severinsky, the Hyperdrive promises to double the fuel economy of
most gasoline-powered cars, trucks and sport-utility vehicles
The Hyperdrive has been tested out on
a dynamometer set to approximate a 4,250-pound vehicle, comparable to
a Cadillac Seville. That test was run for nearly a year at nearby Roush
Industries. According to the dyno's results, where the Seville would get
19 miles per gallon (MPG), the Paice test car achieved 38 MPG and went
from 0 to 60 in 7-plus seconds.
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