Plug-in Hybrid Program Milestones
AFS Trinity Power has developed patented technology that makes it possible for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to achieve 150 MPG, go 40 miles in all-electric mode, and use gasoline for additional unlimited miles in hybrid mode. Below are various plug-in hybrid program milestones along the way.
July 26, 2010 - For Hybrid Cars, a Hybrid Invention (The New York Times)
July 26, 2010 - AFS Trinity Wins Historic Patent to Cut Plug-in Hybrid Costs, Reduce Size and Number of Batteries, Increase Battery Life (The Defense Daily)
July 22, 2010 - U.S. Patent 7,740,902 recognizes AFS Trinity's technology for the controlled combination of ultracapacitors and batteries for use in the plug-in hybrid vehicle application. The full text including claims and drawings are available here.
January 27, 2010 - Philadelphia Inquirer, "AFS Trinity shows off its hybrid electric vehicle to Delaware officials"
January 26, 2010 - AFS Trinity Sees Delaware As Possible Center Of Next Generation Automaking. (Press Release)
June 14, 2009 - AFS Trinity featured in Washington Post: "Automakers Need to Master the Hot-Rod and the Hybrid"
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April 20, 2009 - Article: Sprinting for Green Stimulus Dollars- New York Times | Video Coverage: AFS Trinity's Extreme Hybrid on CNN
April 8, 2009 - Article: AFS Trinity, Pushing Plug-In Hybrids' Performance (from The Examiner - San Francisco)
March 7, 2009 - President Obama's job creation and oil independence priorities highlighted during demonstration of AFS Trinity XH-150S Plug-in Hybrid SUV in San Francisco. (Video | Press Release)
January 26, 2009 - Could a green SUV revive U.S. auto plants & save UAW jobs? AFS Trinity announces prototype SUV fitted with new high mileage, high performance technology at heart of $2.5 billion “green retooling” DOE proposal. (Press Release)
November 17, 2008 - AFS Trinity Power Corporation reported independent test results demonstrating that the company's "Extreme Hybrid" technology that utilizes batteries in combination with ultracapacitors will enable a plug in hybrid vehicle using the system to have a useful life that is 6 times greater than plug ins that use lithium batteries alone -- 150,000 miles for an AFS Trinity Extreme Hybrid versus 25,000 miles for a conventional plug in hybrid that uses lithium ion batteries alone. (Press Announcement I Related New York Times Article in PDF)
September 28, 2008 - Washington Post,"Corporate Socialism, Intelligently Applied"
October 26, 2008 - Washington Post, "Time To Change Gears for a Fuel Efficient Future"
September 24, 2008 - AFS Trinity CEO Edward W. Furia urged Congressional leadership and the Presidential candidates to support $25 Billion Auto stimulus package, provided small innovative companies are not left out and the funds are administered by an independent body. (Press Release I Letter to Speaker Pelosi I Full Page Ad in New York Times & Washington Post)
June 3rd, 2008 - AFS Trinity's XH-150 plug-in hybrid comes home to Seattle. Governor Chris Gregoire (D - Washington) takes a test drive. (Press Coverage I Video I Press Release).
April 22, 2008 - AFS Trinity's XH-150 plug-in hybrid arrives on Capitol Hill in Wash., D.C. on Earth Day. Congressman George Radanovich
(R - California) takes a test drive. (click here for Press Release)
April 8, 2008 - AFS Trinity started a cross country tour to give Americans their first onroad look at what CNN and others suggested may be “the car of the future.” The XH-150 arrived at the Capitol Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, April 20, 2008 (Video of Congressional Ride-and-Drives). On July 22, 2008, AFS Trinity attended the Plug-in 2008 convention in San Jose, CA. (Video: CBS Affiliate coverage I Press Release).
July 1, 2007 - In order to very quickly demonstrate all of the key attributes of their technology, AFS Trinity mounted an effort to build two fully operational XH-150 SUV prototypes using off-the-shelf components. The two vehicles—modified Saturn Vue SUVs—were built in less than six months. They were unveiled on January 13, 2008 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (Press Announcement) and (Salon.com test drive report).