Lightning Hybrid Hits the Bricks

Colorado start-up is aiming their hydraulic hybrid drive to retrofit fleet vehicles and believe it increases fuel efficiency by 50 percent.

Published: 29-Jun-2009

LOVELAND - Lightning Hybrids took a spin around Loveland as it attempted to put its prototype on the road to success.

The Loveland start-up company's first drive in its two-seater, four-wheel LH4 came last week during an effort to promote the vehicle. "It goes pretty good," company co-founder Dan Johnson said of the car. "It's a little bit noisier than we'd like, but for the first prototype, we were pretty happy with it."

The company also opened its doors to the public Friday for an open house and the chance to show off the car.


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Honda has not announced what the power plant would be in this concept car, which could be considered as a replacement for the aging S2000 Roadster.

Audi thinks hybrid systems are more sensible in smaller vehicles and because it wants to introduce the vehicle with lithium-ion batteries instead of nickel-metal hydride batteries.


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