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Hyperdrive for a New Millennium
By Joe Cabadas

Albert Einstein often said: "Use the simplest thing that works, as long as it's the best thing."

Einstein must have had Detroit in mind - or at least its legendary standing as the longtime American home of the automobile that began with Henry Ford's revolutionary assembly line.

Now another fledgling American company is making the kinds of noises that could send offshore automotive engineers back to the drawing board to frantically catch up to a surprisingly simple, yet promisingly effective new technology to drive our vehicles - if the homegrown companies have the determination to take the first leap.

A new technology, called the Hyperdrive hybrid electric powertrain developed by The Paice Corp. comes about as close to achieving the core directives of Einsteinian simplicity as has ever been seen in an automotive application.

The Silver Springs, Maryland research and development firm recently unveiled a high-voltage, gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain - dubbed "Hyperdrive" - at its new engineering center in Livonia, Michigan, near Detroit.

According to its inventor and Paice CEO, Dr. Alex Severinsky, the Hyperdrive promises to double the fuel economy of most gasoline-powered cars, trucks and sport-utility vehicles
while cutting tailpipe emissions below all current and proposed regulatory levels. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, for example, would be chopped by 50 percent, well below the levels in the proposed Kyoto environmental treaty.

The Hyperdrive has been tested out on a dynamometer set to approximate a 4,250-pound vehicle, comparable to a Cadillac Seville. That test was run for nearly a year at nearby Roush Industries. According to the dyno's results, where the Seville would get 19 miles per gallon (MPG), the Paice test car achieved 38 MPG and went from 0 to 60 in 7-plus seconds.

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