Ugandan Students Participate in International Plug-in Hybrid Project

The VDS Vision 200 car will use an electric motor and auxiliary power unit to maximise fuel efficiency.

Published: 04-Sep-2008

STUDENTS of Makerere University are to participate in developing the Vision 200, a high-performance, fuel-efficient car that is set to revolutionise road transport.

The students are among a team of 31 researchers from the world's top universities who participated in the Vehicle Design Summit (VDS) in Torino, Italy. VDS is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology initiative.

The Makerere team's work has attracted interest and prospects for partnership with some of the world's top technology institutes and car-making companies.


Citroen's C-Cactus is an ecological hatchback with cheerful, attractive styling, equipped with a hybrid HDi drivetrain and sold at the same price as an entry-level C4.

The the petrol engine is used only to charge the batteries that power the electric motors.

This concept can be driven for about 100 km on battery power alone before its four-cylinder 1.6-litre Flexifuel engine is required.


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