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Low-cost hybrid system wins award

The Flybus consortium, led by traction drive specialist Torotrak plc, is one of six winners in this year's Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Technology Challenge.  The other winners are: Hardstaff Group, Somi Trailers, Mira, Zeta Automotive and RDS Europe.  The Flybus system uses a low-cost, flywheel-based system to capture braking energy and release up to 100Kw to help the vehicle accelerate.  This can cut fuel use and emissions by some 20% in stop-start work.  Torotrak says there are more than 100,000 buses and over 600,000 medium and heavy trucks that could be retrofitted to gain big fuel and emission savings.  The unit is also smaller, lighter and cheaper than battery-based hybrids.  The other consortium members are Allison, Optare, Mira and Ricardo.
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