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X Prize Cars Episode 12: Ingo Valentin of Valentin Technologies
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Publish-date-icon May 2, 2008
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Interview with Ingo Valentin of Valentin Technologies, conducted on March 21st 2008 at the New York Auto Show. Notes:

- he is the only member of the team so far
- has patents on hydraulic drive train
- has done detailed simulations and models to prove the efficiency of his concept
- efficiency comes from: i) small, constant speed/power ICE, ii) very efficient hydrostatic drive train with 100% regenerative braking, iii) low weight, iv) improved aerodynamics due to less need for cooling
- mainstream class, 4 wheels 5 seats, totally new car (not retrofit), but he plans to outsource the coach part
- found some funding from Switzerland for simulation, but needs $5-6M more for the whole project. Want to find five $1M angel investors.

Please visit Automotive X Prize Cars for more information.

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