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Hypercars: FAQ

In this document, Amory Lovins responds to questions about the Hypercar, RMI’s conceptual vehicle that combines ultralight and ultra-aerodynamic design, a hybrid-electric drivesystem, and other features to achieve very high fuel efficiency and very low emissions. The questions that he answers include: what is a Hypercar vehicle, how could Hypercar…

Ultralight Hybrid Vehicle Design: Implication for the Recycling Industry

This paper describes the engineering of the Hypercar, a car made of carbon fiber that is lightweight, efficient, and safe. The authors argue that the automobile industry is on the threshold of potentially dramatic change in its materials use and platform design. Ultralight-hybrid Hypercars, using advanced composites for the autobody,…

Ultralight Hybrid Vehicles: Principles and Design

The technical feasibility of superefficient family cars has been demonstrated. Yet it has typically compromised vehicle performance, safety, cost, manufacturability, or marketability. Industry experimentation has tended to focus on improving performance, on implementing hybrid-electric drive systems in essentially conventional vehicles, on reducing mass and drag, or on improving safety—but has…

Hypercars: The Next Industrial Revolution

Strong synergies between ultralight mass, ultralow drag, and hybrid-electric drive can produce attractive designs for superefficient cars (and many other vehicles). A realistic near-term 4–5-passenger “hypercar” can achieve average fuel economy with much room for improvement. Depending on design details, mature ultralight-hybrid hypercars could achieve 60–120 km/l using virtually any…