Hybrid development is still among the fastest growing part of the automotive industry. New ideas and technologies emerge everyday and old ones are improved upon. A perfect blend between these advances comes in the form of a biodiesel-hydraulic hybrid called the LH4.
The LH4 was designed by a company called Lightning hybrids and as stated above, is powered by a Biodiesel engine. Only 3 cylinders are needed to get the vehicle moving and power the hydraulic pump that takes the place of a traditional electric motor. Combined, the system is good for 100mpg, which will do very well in the race for the Automotive X Prize.
The Biodiesel-Hydraulic combination is also a wonderful choice in terms of performance. When the need arises, the LH4 can launch to 60mph in just under 6 seconds, which is nothing to sneeze at given the high fuel economy number it is able to return. The looks of the LH4 aren't bad either.
In terms of reliability and safety, some extensive testing will need to take place However, if the LH4 proves to be a reliable daily driver and can be put into production easily, it could claim the $10 million Automotive X prize.