At the Birmingham Motor Show 2004, Daihatsu shows their new concept: Daihatsu UFE2. The new UFE2 hybrid is the most efficient four-seater with the lowest ever recorded drag coefficient of 0.19 CD.
Power is via a low-polluting three-cylinder 660 cc direct-injection petrol engine linked to a compact, lightweight generator and permanent electric motor.
The UFE2's secondary batteries are advanced nickel-metal hydride and the gearbox is an automatic CVT (continually variable transmission).
Strictly monitored tests have recorded an astonishing 170 mpg-plus for the UFE2 - equivalent to travelling 60 km on one litre of fuel.
The minicar weights only 570 kg and has a teardrop shape with twin gull-wing doors hinged in the centre of the roof.
The interior of the Daihatsu UFE2 is spacious and the car is equipped with a central control unit housing all the major controls including a steer-by-wire system which replaces the conventional steering wheel.
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