Bricklin's Latest: Plug-in Hybrids

Visionary Vehicles plans to build a prototype in the United States and field a product line that would begin with a $25,000 to $35,000 midsize sedan and grow to include a crossover vehicle and a hardtop convertible.

Published: 22-Jan-2007

The unsinkable Malcolm Bricklin just surfaced again.

Just weeks after Chinese automaker Chery dumped him in favor of negotiations to build small cars with DaimlerChrysler, the fearless salesman who brought Yugo to the United States says he is talking with 15 Chinese automakers who would build revolutionary plug-in hybrid electric cars for his company, Visionary Vehicles.

Details are scarce, but Bricklin's Web site says the cars will get 100 m.p.g. and hit the market in 2009.


Average diesel consumption for these two cars is 3.4 litres per 100 kilometres, with 90 grams of CO2 emitted per kilometre, a 25 percent improvement over comparable gasoline-electric hybrid systems.

The two-mode hybrid technology allows for fuel optimization, especially during highway driving at higher speeds.

Like a Trojan horse, Camry sneaks gas-saving radicalism into a trusted American staple.


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