Hagora Hybrid Concept Goes Beyond Your Usual Green Car

Away from the buzz of the usual green car announcements at the recent Paris Motor Show, one Segula Technologies was quietly showcasing a hybrid car concept that seems somewhat different, and perhaps a bit more unique, than the other environmentally friendly vehicles being unveiled.

The Hagora is described by Segula as a concept “cross-over , compact, intelligent, communicating and recyclable vehicle.” Offering a sporty and urban look, according to the designers behind it, the vehicle does something rather unique under the hood – combine a two-stroke, 120 hp engine with a 100 hp electric motor. As Torque News notes, this is unusual given that “two-stroke engines are not your run-of-the-mill choice for powering cars.”

hagora

image via Segula Technologies

This engine/motor mating, and its associated driven continuously variable transmission, makes for a lighter powertrain overall. The three-seater Hagora is further lightweight in that it makes “use of composite materials for many elements, such as the chassis or the suspension,” in a way that allows for ” grouping in a same part (e.g.: the floor) some structural functions, the interior trim and the soundproofing.”

And, as an added bonus for the true green lovers out there, the concept’s structural design comes mostly from recyclable or recovered materials. Also, the Hagora lacks what Gizmag describes as “some common electrical equipment and wiring from the cabin,” opting instead to make use of a driver’s smart phone or tablet for wirelessly receiving information from the car on items such as car condition and maintenance reminders, GPS or audio system, adjusting the driving position, and control of the air conditioning.

Another interesting item of note here also is that In trying to make the Hagora energy efficient, the combination of an auto-obscuring panoramic roof and a special heating/air conditioning unit that “amplifies the hot and cold effects” lets the car use a smaller AC compressor to save energy.

As this is a concept, you’ll likely never see it actually on the roads. Ideas from it though may make their way though into future green vehicles developed by auto manufacturers.

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    • phor11

      Quite interesting.

      I don’t see any mention of battery. There’s got to be a battery in a gas/electric hybrid right? Or did they come up with another solution?
      If it does have a battery, and the the 2-stroke engine saves enough weight to allow the entire hybrid drive-train to be as light as a traditional 4-stroke gasoline engine drive-train, then that’s pretty crazy.But I would still be concerned about pollution. Doesn’t a 2-stroke engine produce FAR more pollution than a 4-stroke equivalent?

      • http://www.facebook.com/cj.wijtmans Christ Jan Wijtmans

        Good thoughts, but batteries dont pollute if the policies are correct and followed during production. And this is why i hate hybrids, go either fully electric or go efficient fuel engine not in between.

        • phor11

          I wasn’t implying that the batteries would pollute.
          It’s the 2-stroke engine that I thought would be the culprit.

          Carbureted 2-stroke engines allow magnitudes higher CO and Hydrocarbons emissions than an equivalent 4-stroke because the intake and exhaust valves are open at the same time. Un-burned fuel can escape straight out the exhaust, which is really bad.

          Even though direct injection solves that issue by only injecting fuel into the cylinder after the valves are closed, since you can’t use a sump system to oil the crank, you still have to inject oil into the crank that will eventually make its way to the combustion process or straight out the exhaust. And that can’t be good either.

          • http://www.facebook.com/cj.wijtmans Christ Jan Wijtmans

            I was thinking that if the batteries arent polluting(you were asking for the batteries) then a 2 stroke engine wouldnt be much more polluting than a 4 stroke engine since a 4 stroke engine likes to consume more fuel because it moves more mass but engines arent my thing. You seem to know a lot more about it than me.
            Also since pollution sin production processes is a huge problem in china and most mass production is moved there, batteries should be a concern somewhat, but that is a matter of policies mostly since the technology is there.