Hybrid cars need to travel farther in electric-only mode, and that means lithium-ion battery technologies have a lot riding on them.
Imagine a stylish economy car that seats two adults and three children, has a
top speed of 150 miles an hour, but runs on batteries that can be charged en
route by a generator that uses a variety of fuels, including hydrogen.
General Motors will unveil such a car today at the North American
International Auto Show in Detroit. Though production is still several years
away, the automaker will announce plans for the Chevy Volt, a car that will have
a cruising range of up to 640 miles on 12 gallons of fuel, or a range of about
40 miles running solely on a lithium-ion battery pack.
Reflex features an advanced diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system that harnesses diesel, electric and solar power. This combination of power can deliver maximum fuel economy - up to 65 mpg - without compromising performance.
One of only four cars with gasoline-electric hybrid power sold in the United States, the 2006 Civic Hybrid also is quieter and a bit larger inside than its predecessor and comes for the first time with six standard airbags.