Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does the system have regenerative braking?
    Yes

  2. How soon will the plug-in hybrid kit be available?
    One to two years commercial availability

  3. How much does the plug-in hybrid kit cost?
    For a car or small truck, $3000 to $5000 depending on range and lithium battery costs

  4. Does the plug-in hybrid kit fit any car or truck?
    It will fit most cars and small trucks. It depends on the exact structure of the rear brake and suspension.

  5. How big is the battery and controller?
    The goal is to have the battery and controller about the size of a carry-on bag for a commercial air flight.

  6. Why can’t the system work above 45 miles per hour?
    The space available to fit the motor does not permit a motor powerful enough to provide significant traction assist at highway speeds.

  7. What is the maximum range for hybrid operation?
    The proposed carry-on bag size will give 25-35 miles of range depending on driving conditions and driving style.

  8. Does the battery charge using 110v or 220v?
    110v

  9. How long does it take to charge the battery at 110v?
    6 Hours

  10. Can I transfer the plug-in hybrid kit from one car to another?
    The battery/controller pack is transferable(75% of system costs). The traction motor is not transferable unless the new car has the exact same rear wheel structure.

  11. How long will the battery pack last?
    Typical life for commercial lithium ion batteries is 5 years or 100,000 miles

  12. What realistic fuel savings can I expect in city driving?
    If the car is driven in a conservative way, expect an increase in mileage of 50 to 100% over in-town mileage without the plug-in hybrid system ; 20mpg goes to 30 - 40mpg in town.