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Future Vehicle Technologies to market eVaro high-performance hybrid

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January 14, 2010

The Future Vehicle Technologies Ale', look-alike forerunner to the under-wraps eVaro

The Future Vehicle Technologies Ale', look-alike forerunner to the under-wraps eVaro

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As the electric/hybrid auto revolution gathers speed, it’s becoming more and more apparent that green vehicles don’t need to be slow. First, of course, came the Tesla Roadster. Then, just this month, Revenge Design Inc unveiled their Verde. Now, or at least not long from now, you can add another green dream to your list: The Future Vehicle Technologies eVaro. The Canadian-made hybrid gets up to 275mpg, has a top speed of 135mph, and can go from 0 to 60 in a butt-clenching five seconds.

“We’re all car guys, and we don’t want to build a four-door, four-seat sedan, it’s just not very exciting” company VP Todd Pratt told Gizmag. “We believe it would have more impact on the general public to have a [hybrid] car that outperforms a gas car.” Not only is it fast, but the eVaro can travel up to 125 miles on one charge, and recharges at home in three hours. To keep the electricity flowing while it’s out and about, the car’s gas generator periodically kicks in to provide power for topping up the battery. Unlike most hybrids, the eVaro’s gas motor does not ever propel the vehicle directly.

Given the popularity of the all-electric Tesla, one might wonder why FVT didn’t go the same route. “Our belief is that electric cars are still not viable” explained Pratt. “This is our belief: Built it so you can do 90 to 95 percent of your traveling on electricity alone, but make sure there’s something on board that takes care of ‘life.’ ‘Life’ is ‘I forgot to plug it in last night and holy cow, I can’t get to work’... We don’t believe that, in large numbers, electric cars are going to take hold without that little tiny generator on board that takes care of what happens.”

Before it can go on sale to the general public, the eVaro has one task to take care of - competing for this year’s Automotive X-Prize. FVT is currently among the finalists for the $US10,000,000 prize, awarded to the carmaker that best combines speed and fuel-efficiency. Once it’s gained publicity and proven itself by competing in the contest, FVT plans to begin manufacturing an initial run of 3,000 eVaros.

“We really want to drive home the point to people that this isn’t a compromise” said Pratt. “It’s just better, on all levels.”

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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3 Comments

Apart from LMAO when I first saw the interior this is a fine looking vehicle!

A generator in the back is a great idea that I'm surprised more don't use.

Why have the complication of electric and gas drive AND generation.

Just have electric drive and gas generation.

Wonder if they could have used a Capstone turbine?

Multi-fuel, low emission... hmm.

Craig Jennings
14th January, 2010 @ 06:18 pm PST

Love this car. Beautiful, efficient.

Facebook User
21st January, 2010 @ 06:54 am PST

Every pic seen so far has refused to show the tail, why? Is it just "Butt-Ugly" or does a look at the drivetrain raise questions?

PTB
2nd March, 2010 @ 07:06 pm PST
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