Hybrid equipment for vehicles which reduces pollution and the waste of fuel, designed by inventors at the repair shop Thor Energy Zolutions in Reykjavík, has garnered considerable attention in Iceland.
Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“The telephone has rung nonstop all day and people have been queuing outside since nine this morning,” one of the inventors, Sveinn Hrafnsson, told Morgunbladid’s supplement Finnur.is last week. Interested car owners contacted him in ever growing numbers after the coverage.
The high fuel price in 2008 prompted Hrafnsson to see whether hybrid technology could be used to eke out the energy of vehicles. Using information he found on the internet, Hrafnsson began experimenting with his own motorcycle.
“I could sense the difference […] and the power right away,” Hrafnsson said. Motorcycles proved ideal for testing the equipment because of the small size of the engine.
Hrafnsson and his partners then used the knowledge they obtained from the testing to develop equipment for cars. They are now working on hybrid energy solutions for larger engines, for example in ships and buses.
The equipment can be obtained at Thor Energy Zolutions and costs between ISK 68,000 and 130,000 (USD 588-1,100, EUR 421-805) depending on the size of the engine and required accessories.