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Impressive :!: :shock: :)

If I did my math right the MPG translates to 180+.

They specify a Japanese DMV drive cycle standard. And I'd suspect its a "hyper" MPG drive cycle. So it should be around 2x of what's readily achieveable in an Insight.

A 3 seater too :!: :)

To nit pick; needs rear hatch access for utility purposes though. ;)

WoW :!:
 

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gomarlins3 said:
It says three seater, but there is only one seat in that car.
I see 3 seats when I look at the photo at the bottom of the page.
 

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Agreed. Cut the glass acreage down and put a simple non-assisted rack and pinion steering unit in there. Don't make it too complicated.
 

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Isn't that how all Prius systems work? I thought the only thing preventing full electric mode on the Prius was battery capacity (and associated charge management).
 

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Or just make it fully electric.

The great thing about having a very high miles per kilowatt-hour vehicle is that the battery can be smaller.

Based on its fossil fuel economy, I reckon it should be capable of 15 miles per kWh if converted to electric only (normal vehicles only manage 4-5 miles per kWh).

That means for a 300 mile range, you'd only need 20 kWh of batteries, or 100 kg of today's 18650s. A small battery also means fast-charging is a real possibility - an existing 60 kW charger would fill it to max charge and range in just 20 minutes (given an A123 or Altair style battery).

By the way Mike, how's the electric-assist mileage these days? :)
 

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I can still get over 100MPG easily up to 60 MPH, for 45 minutes. If I had a boost supply that put out 25A instead of the 16.5, I figure that I could sustain 100+ MPG at 70+ MPH.
I have been fortunate to have had a Prius that I was able to use for 3 weeks, and now I have a stock Insight for another week, so the Batmobile has been sitting in the garage.
Getting busy, so I don't know when I will get back to the modifications. [mod edit, please take it to PM or off this site guys]
 

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want this car

Just makes me depressed that after the release of the Insight in 1999, more cool cars like this one haven't been sold here.

I so badly want to move forward and not backwards...
 

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Nice!

Somehow it reminds me of an updated Insight.

Seats three? Two adults and perhaps a small child?

If something like that's available in ten years or so, I for one would have a real good look at it.

Fred / Proud Owner of "The Silver Bullet"
 

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More like one adult and two midgets, or two big suitcases. It is hard to tell without seeing it personally for scale.
 

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Discussion Starter #17
Any new news?

Anyone new news or pics on the Insight replacement? As I understand it, it is supposed to be either this fall or next fall, but I haven't heard or seen anything new.
 
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