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Basic characteristics of Revolutionary Plus autos

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Our Revolutionary auto is based on RMI’s extensive work on the Hypercar. We use a cost model for superefficient battery-electric and fuel cell autos, computed separately for cars and light trucks and scaling each by average curb mass to the Hypercar midsize SUV virtual design done by RMI spinoff Hypercar, Inc. with two Tier One partners in 2000. Its production costs were derived from anonymous cost pack responses from the supply chain for 50,000/y production, then scaled for learning curves for electric powertrain (MIT) and structural carbon fiber . These vehicles, described in this table, are designed to compete with EIA’s average automobile.

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Lovins, Amory B. and David R. Cramer. 2004. “Hypercars, hydrogen, and the automotive transition.” International Journal of Vehicle Design, Vol. 35 No. 1/2. Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. link

Kromer, Matthew, and John Heywood. 2007. Electric Powertrains: Opportunities and Challenges in the U.S. Light-Duty Vehicle Fleet. Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. link

 
 
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