Britain has embarked on a different sort of automotive challenge.
While Uncle Sam has decided to focus most of its research efforts on hydrogen-powered cars, John Bull has chosen a different -- and in many respects, a smarter path -- in the form of its Ultra Low Carbon Car Challenge. Instead of selecting a particular technology, the British government is offering a £10 million prize for the class-C sedan that produces the lowest overall carbon emissions while achieving the equivalent of 75 miles a gallon. The fuels should be "generally" available, meaning gasoline, diesel, and LPG.
In April 2003, London announced it had chosen six proposals, one of which includes a counter-rotating flywheel energy storage device developed by EV World reader Chris Ellis. We first interviewed Ellis back in 1998 and from time to time have published articles he's submitted to us.
Now, Ellis has developed his Powerbeam concept to the point that it now looks like it will eventually find its way into a ULCC challenger. In "VirtUouS SUV" he spells out in detail the rationale behind his innovative flywheel technology, which solves many of the problems of typical flywheels and battery hybrid systems.
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