American manufacturer Velozzi has launched a crossover plug-in hybrid car with an on-board micro turbine battery charger.
The Velozzi Solo is essentially a plug-in hybrid with the ability to run on almost all fuels including petrol, diesel, ethanol, methanol, butanol, biodiesel and natural gas.
It will be in the first production car in the world to use a multi fuel micro turbine battery charger to re-charge its lithium ion batteries.
Velozzi say the Solo has been built with its eco-powerplant in mind from the start and it features large amounts of carbonfibre bodywork to keep its weight to a minimum, while it wants “to create a most exquisite interior to match the exterior styling of the Solo”, according to a Velozzi statement.
“It is inconceivable and counter productive to manufacture efficient vehicles using antiquated types of construction,” said Velozzi CEO, Roberto Velozzi.
“To make an efficient, environmentally friendly vehicle one must utilize lightweight materials to improve mpg, reduce pollution and increase safety.”
The firm launched its sports car with similar technology in 2007 and it hopes to have both cars in mass production by 2012.
Velozzi says the Solo should be capable of reaching 0-60mph in less than six seconds and it should be capable of more than 120mpg and reaching 130mph.