Two versions of the car are planned, one powered by a standard petrol engine and lithium-ion-based hybrid powertrain, the other a pure electric. The hybrid option will be the Automotive X-Prize entry, and is expected to achieve 220mpg while producing 'wild' horsepower, reports Popular Mechanics. The all-electric car will target a range of 150mi to 180mi per charge.
This isn't the first car the North Carolina-based firm has produced. Last year saw the development of an electric roadster, a converted all-electric Mini Cooper, their own electric sports car, the L1X-75, and an electric motorcycle. The L1X-75, with a full carbon fiber body, managed a very respectable 100mi range with a top speed of 120mph, figures that put it in a league with Tesla's perpetually delayed Roadster. Though it may not be as refined as the Tesla, it certainly shows that Hybrid Technologies has the capability to build serious hybrid systems.
A driveable prototype of the as-yet unnamed hybrid supercar is expected by the end of September.