I don't think we've discussed the Poulson hybrid kit on Huddler yet, but it's a very cool invention. The kit is an aftermarket device you can add to most any compact car so it performs pretty much like a gas/electric hybrid.
Poulsen’s Hybrid Kit will work on any car with 15” wheels or larger, be they front drive, rear drive, and all wheel drive. As they put it the kit’s development came about from the observation that “only 10-15 horsepower is required to propel a compact or mid-size automobile along a level road at a steady 60 mph. leading to the conclusion that this relatively small amount of electric power would be able to cope with 70-85% of normal driving, only aided by the combustion engine during start up and when extra energy is required for acceleration and hill climbing.”
Basically the kit attaches 2 electric motors to the wheels, and then a battery pack (either lead acid for $4550 or lithium ion for $8600) is placed in the trunk (taking up about 20% of trunk space).
Jim Motavalli from The Daily Green went to visit the Poulsen factory first hand. He reports that “The motors do not drive the car, but kick in to provide a power boost between 15 and 60 miles per hour [24-97 kph]. Regenerative braking helps keep the batteries charged.” Going on to say, If the system works as advertised, a 30-mile-per-gallon [7.8 ltr/100km] car will be raised to 55 mpg [4.3 ltr/100km.” Range on electric alone is expected to to be in the order of 25 to 30 miles (42 -48 km). The factory hopes to be pumping out 100 kits a day by mid 2009.
So I think this is very clever and super awesome. Converting nearly any car to a hybrid and potentially nearly doubling its fuel efficiency for under $5k? That kicks some serious butt. Poulson also says:
"The initial motor design was developed specifically for light and compact sized cars. However, we have recieved numerous requests for a version of the Poulsen Hybrid suitable for SUVs and Pick Up trucks so we’ll attempt to have two more powerful versions available in 2009."
Edited by dana1981 - Tue, 2 Dec 2008 18:45:40 UTC