Report | 1993

Supercar: the Coming Light Vehicle Revolution

By Amory Lovins

This paper describes how ultralight hybrid-electric family cars could achieve < 1.6 liters per 100 km using 1993-era technology and greater fuel efficiency at a later time with superior safety, amenity, performance, and price. Far from sacrificing other attributes for efficiency, ultralight hybrids could be more safe, peppy, clean, durable, reliable, quiet, comfortable, and beautiful than existing cars, yet be priced about the same or less. The paper suggests design changes that would fundamentally change how cars are made and sold. “