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About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. In , an inventor named Victor Wouk became a man who could be described as ahead of his time. He had developed a prototype for the hybrid, a car that would become the most credible and commercially successful alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles.
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All Rights Reserved. Cancel Submit. How was your experience with this page? His dissertation was Static electricity generated during the distribution of gasoline. In , he designed smaller and higher-efficiency AC-to-DC converters. In , Wouk was noticed by Russell Feldmann , president of the National Union Electric Company and one of the founders of Motorola, who had Renault Dauphines converted to electric power known as Henney Kilowatt cars , and was in need of an efficient speed controller for them. Because the domestic Big Three automakers GM, Ford, and Chrysler had their own electric car programs, the much smaller American Motors Corporation AMC partnered with Gulton to develop a new battery based car using lithium and the advanced speed controller designed by Wouk.
The experiments with the Rambler American convinced Wouk that battery problems were not going to be solved easily to satisfy consumers. He started to design a system that would combine an internal combustion engine with an electric motor for motive power. Wouk began working on ideas for a hybrid for American Motors. This vehicle was tested at EPA's emissions-testing laboratories in Ann Arbor, Michigan , where it obtained more than twice the fuel economy of the vehicle before it was converted.
Furthermore, the vehicle's emission rates were only about 9 percent of those of a gasoline powered car from that era. Charles L. Rosen and began its own analysis of the car, but the agency did not make additional cars for the planned nationwide tests. This pioneering work gained Wouk the nickname of the grandfather of electric and hybrid vehicles in the United States. The first hybrid car marketed to consumers was the Toyota Prius, which was based on principles similar to Wouk's. He remained an active member of these committees until the early s. He was awarded The Elmer A.
Sperry Award for Advancing the Art of Transportation, posthumously, "for his visionary approach to developing the gasoline engine-electric motor hybrid systems for automobiles The archives of Victor Wouk are kept at Caltech.
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