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USA: Engineer’s Plug-In Hybrid Retrofit Kit Can Double Any Car’s Mileage

Dr. Charles Perry, former IBM engineer, had devised a kit that turns any car into a plug-in hybrid for as low as $3,000. He and his team at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) retrofitted a 1994 Honda station wagon and reported gas mileage increased from 50 to 100 percent.

According to Perry, the key aspect of the design is to make the plug-in operate independently from the car’s motor. Hence, the plug-in can be retrofitted to any car without altering its mechanical aspects such as bearings, brakes and suspensions.
The purpose of the hybrid plug-in is to increase the mileage of a gasoline-powered car by adding electric traction capabilities via a DC brushless motor attached on each rear wheel. A lithium-ion battery mounted at the trunk or rear of the car will power the motor.
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