A new technology is being explored by a Scottish company Artemis Intelligent Power. The technology utilizes a hydraulic hybrid transmission in a regular passenger car, in this example a BMW 530I. Independent tests have determined that the company was able to double the city MPG of the 530I prototype. This is a new approach but it reminds me of my February 3 post "A Hydraulic Diesel Hybrid?? The prototype also reduced the carbon dioxide emissions on highway driving by 30%.
The implications are substantial! If we could increase the MPG of vehicles by changing the transmission, over a period of time we could decrease our energy usage substantially, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and reduce our polution from automobiles. This is a game changer! For more information go to gizmag.com.