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SOLO hybrid, solar car and pedals ...

The Hungarian company Antro has turned some heads at the last Paris Motor Show in Paris, presenting a funny machine displaying unusual shapes, but very functional named SOLO.

Oval, this vehicle futuristic and aerodynamic lines presented above specifications among the most anti-conformist, but resolutely turned towards relatively concrete technologies. Light weight of only 270 kg (594 lbs) is the resultant of the use of composite materials, including carbon fibers at the chassis and bodywork. It also has solar panels in the roof spaces.

Interior unusual

SOLO can accommodate three passengers sitting side by side which gives the driver the central seat. In addition to the steering wheel allows the driver to steer the car, we also found the pedals, which allow passengers to pedaling to provide power to the electric motor. Solution repeatedly used by our good friend Fred Pebbles, except this time it is in the reality of every day that this could happen ...

A hybrid like no other

Strictly in city traffic, the hybrid car draws its energy basically its solar panels, which feed four small electric motors, lodges in the hub of each wheel. Here again, the idea of ​​the assembly of Hydro-Quebec, which takes shape somewhere in europes. During congestion, passengers can provide electricity from the generator directly connected to mechanical pedals.

Road course, this car has to rely on a small cylinder engine running on diesel or biofuel (ethanol, oils).

Hallucinating economies

According to the data of the manufacturer, the SOLO can reach a top speed of 140 km / h. Depending on the speed, this car more than original announcement consumption can vary between 1.5 and 2 liters of biofuel per 100 km. Its emanations of CO2 equivalent would be 25% of those issued by an equivalent cylinder engine, or 40g/km. In all electric mode, the battery life is only 25 km.

Produced in very limited series

The leaders of the company Antro plan to produce by hand and very limited quantity of 2012 this little gem on four wheel motors. In addition, they are working on an elongated version can accommodate six passengers, DUO ... 

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