Biodiesel Lightning Hybrids Unveils Prototype Hydraulic Hybrid at Denver Auto Show [+pics/video]

Published on April 2nd, 2009 | by Clayton

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Lightning Hybrids Unveils Prototype Hydraulic Hybrid at Denver Auto Show [+pics/video]


Lightning Hybrids

On Monday at the Denver Auto Show, Lightning Hybrids unveiled their concept 100-MPG hydraulic-hybrid that will vie for the Automotive X Prize.

Since we first covered this ‘biodiesel hydraulic-hybrid,’ the team at Lightning Motors has been working around the clock to finish in time for this debut.

The spring snow storm last week left parts stranded and put us behind schedule.  We have a very hard-working crew who have given it everything they’ve got to make up some time.  Yes, it was tight – really tight.  But we are very pleased with the car and with the response we have received from people at the show.

-Dan Johnson, Lightning Hybrids CEO.

The four-door sports sedan, called the LH4, is expected to average 100 mpg on biodiesel and will compete for the Automotive X Prize in 2010. According to the company’s press release, the car will be available to the general public for $39,000-$59,000 sometime in 2011, and apparently already has a waiting list. 

For more information see our last post on the topic, 100 MPG Hydraulic-Hybrid vies for X Prize, Runs on Biodiesel, or the company website.

And video of the LH4:




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In a past life, Clayton was a professional blogger and editor of Gas 2.0, Important Media’s blog covering the future of sustainable transportation. He was also the Managing Editor for GO Media, the predecessor to Important Media.



  • JG

    Not a 4 door…. actually I think it has no traditional doors and 4 seats.

    It does look great and is a good idea. Less losses for a hydraulic hybrid instead of electric.

  • JG

    Not a 4 door…. actually I think it has no traditional doors and 4 seats.

    It does look great and is a good idea. Less losses for a hydraulic hybrid instead of electric.

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