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AXON Shows its Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

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UK car manufacturer Axon Automotive has showed its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle at the Milton Keynes Science Festival.

The vehicle combines full electric mode for local travel and uses 25kg two-cylinder, 500cc engine, which has 43bhp, petrol or bioethanol powered engine for long distance or motorway travel.

The plug-in hybrid, due to enter production in 2011, is made from lightweight carbon fiber, which is used extensively in making racing cars and aircraft, the car benefits from being both light and strong.

The Axon plug-in hybrid is a multipurpose vehicle built for two adults plus substantial amounts of luggage.
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Stressing that carbon fiber can be recycled; the car has fashion house designed seating made from recycled fabrics (jeans and recycled pinstriped suits) and door panels made from recycled carbon fiber to complete this new approach to cars in a low CO2 world.

It has also been tested in a wind tunnel, so that its bodywork is as aerodynamically efficient as possible.
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Axon insists that electric powered vehicles should be clear about the emissions to make the electricity they use.  “We have had our greenhouse gas emissions calculated to include typical UK powerstation emissions when driving in electric mode.  The result gives us just under 50g/CO2 per km for the mix of electric and petrol used in the Government test.   This is just half the level needed for free annual road tax in UK for this car,” (band ‘A’ is below 100g/CO2 per km = zero road tax in the UK).

Axon Automotive Ltd. is the only
UK owned car company making a plug-in hybrid EV and is funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board and private investment.  The first cars will be on sale in 2011 with full production in 2012. The manufacturing roll-out will be via small factories in UK and in Europe including Spain, France, Ireland, Denmark, and Holland.

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