The aim of this project is to develop an HEV conversion "kit" that can be retrofitted to a gasoline-engine car. The test vehicle is a Ford Contour with the stock V6 and manual transmission. The transmission bellhousing is modified with a mount for the electric motor, and an overrunning clutch allows either the electric motor or the gasoline engine to drive the transmission and wheels. The battery pack and motor controller are installed in the trunk.

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Trio Specifications

Engine and Motor
Power Source Stock Ford V6 engine plus Solectria electric motor