Schaeffler unveils bio-hybrid vehicle

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In Nevada, Germany-based automotive engineering company, Schaeffler, unveiled its “Bio-Hybrid” vehicle at CES in Las Vegas. Bio-Hybrid is near production with an expected market launch date of 2020 after a test fleet is put together in mid-2019.

“Schaeffler presented the Bio-Hybrid product category as a vision for private transportation in urban areas as early as in 2016,” Prof. Peter Gutzmer, deputy CEO and chief technology officer of Schaeffler told Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology International.

“This vision is now turning into reality. At the end of 2017, we established Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid. As a spin-off, the fully owned subsidiary is able to operate with the flexibility of a startup and has the mission to develop the Bio-Hybrid to production level. The world premiere of the two near-production prototypes at CES marks the next step on the road to the planned market launch in 2020.”

The vehicle comes in two versions – a cargo and a passenger version – which are narrow and can be parked in a third of a standard parking space and operated on bicycle paths with zero emissions.