Velozzi Unveils "SOLO" Crossover PHEV with Multi Fuel Turbine Battery

This week, Vellozi unveiled a rendering of its new SOLO crossover plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) that sports an on board multi fuel turbine battery charger. The car was designed to perform just like a gasoline fueled car and will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 6 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph and will achieve 100 miles per gallon (mpg). Just fast enough to outrun the cops in California.

According to the company press release, The vehicles are true electric cars in nature and are powered by a combination of lithium ion batteries and super capacitors, which in turn, are recharged by an on-board multi fuel micro turbine battery charger or by the electrical grid. Some of the fuels that could be used by the Velozzi vehicles include gasoline, diesel, ethanol, methanol, butanol, biodiesel and natural gas to mentioned a few. The vehicles will also have the ability to reverse its polarity and serve as a power generator, able to power equipment and even a home if necessary.”

The company’s goal is to, “design, develop, and build an environmentally friendly, affordable, lightweight and efficient plug-in flex fuel hybrid electric crossover vehicle, capable of achieving one hundred miles per gallon.”

In addition to the micro turbine technology the vehicle is also set to be more environmentally friendly by using lightweight composite materials known as NANO INTM technology in partnership with with Nanoledge.

The benefits of the NANO INTM technology are that the car will be lighter, stronger and safer due to the composite parts. These parts will also ensure that there is a reduction in energy consumption and carbon footprint.

In a press statement, Velozzi CEO, Roberto Velozzi said, “We aimed at involving the most performing composite materials in the construction of our cars. More precisely, our vehicles will benefit from the best performance / weight ratio available on the market. Nanoledge’s materials fit the Velozzi vision!”

The car is set to be mass produced by the end of 2011 or beginning of 2012 but the company has been tight lipped on the price of the car and any additional details but a little research revealed that the car will probably sell between $30-$35,000. This is less than the still-waiting-for Chevy Volt but not “affordable” for most Americans. Regardless, they better give us here at Gas 2.0 a sneak peak (aka me) once the prototype vehicle is produced.

In 2007, Velozzi announced its SuperCar which features a 770 HP AC induction electric motor able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in only 3 seconds with a top speed of over 200 mph. This car also uses the mircro turbine technology. To my knowledge, this car has yet to be produced and will sell around the $100,000 range, similar to the Tesla Roadster. I’ll be the first to challenge the two sports cars on the track once Velozzi stops talking and starts producing.

Joanna Schroeder

Joanna is a writer and consultant specializing in renewable energy and sustainable agriculture issues.