PRESS RELEASE FROM SEPTEMBER 27

For the opening of the Paris Motor Show, SEGULA Technologies reveals a concept car with an ultra-communicating hybrid two-stroke engine.

With HAGORA, engineering group demonstrates its technological know-how and dares a new approach by offering a hybrid power train, a group of efficient air-conditioning and an inter-organ wireless communication system.

Nanterre, September 27th 2012. SEGULA Technologies now presents HAGORA on its stand at the Paris Motor Show (Pavilion 3/Aisle B/Stand 216). HAGORA is a « cross-over », compact, intelligent, communicating and recyclable vehicle. Fully developed by the engineers of SEGULA Technologies’ R&D center, this concept-car offers ten technological innovations directly linked to the strategic development of automakers. Thus they will be able to integrate eco-efficient technologies of HAGORA and equip tomorrow's vehicles.

Two-stroke hybrid/electric power train.

HAGORA combines for the first time an electric motor 100 hp with a 2-stroke engine with direct injection 120 hp and a driven Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The lack of clutch on the power train is made possible by the use of a Rotax 2-stroke engine (from BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG) and its low resistance to motion when driven by the electric motor, in urban mode. Moreover, this association limits the mass of the hybrid power train to that of a traditional gasoline engine.

Energy-efficient heating/air conditioning unit.

The thermal efficiency of the car's interior is provided by the combination of an auto-obscuring panoramic roof and a heating/air conditioning unit with Peltier device developed by SEGULA Technologies. By amplifying the hot and cold effects, it allows to use a smaller and less consumer electric air conditioning compressor and to save the energy autonomy of the vehicle.

Inter-organ wireless communication system.

The intra-vehicle interconnectivity developed for HAGORA uses the MiWi protocol. It reduces the weight of the vehicle by removing the electrical harnesses while providing communication between a touch control tablet –or the car driver Smartphone- and the vehicle: reporting information about the car condition and maintenance reminders, but also synchronization between the Smartphone and the GPS or audio system, adjusting the driving position, control of the air conditioning …
The vehicle also communicates wirelessly with other vehicles and its environment.
The Smartphone/vehicle communication interface has also been developed by SEGULA Technologies’ engineers.

A lighter, optimized and recyclable vehicle.

HAGORA is compact but can comfortably accommodate a driver and two passengers and does not exceed 1.80 m long, 1.25 high and 1.80 wide. The use of composite materials for many elements -such as the chassis or the suspension- allows to lighten the vehicle by grouping in a same part (e.g.: the floor) some structural functions, the interior trim and the soundproofing. The materials are selected from the design to meet the requirements of recycling (85%) and recovery (95%).

« HAGORA project will mobilize over three years teams of engineers, technicians and doctor providing the best expertise of each department of SEGULA Technologies’ group », says Jean-Bernard Faivre, President of SEGULA Technologies’ Automotive & Industrial Vehicles Department. « Its preview at the 2012 Paris Motor Show opens up new perspectives for SEGULA Technologies and manufacturers who work with us. As an example, let’s consider the hybrid power train: its simplicity, low cost and compactness are ideal to target new markets, especially the emerging countries in Asia, South America and the Middle East. » he adds.

This concept-car has been developed with prestigious technical partners: BRP-Powertrain for the Rotax 2 stroke engine and Xtrac for the transmission system.
Images and videos of HAGORA are available for download on www.segula-hagora.fr. The vehicle is exhibited during the Paris Motor Show on SEGULA Technologies’ booth (Pavilion 3/Aisle B/Stand 216).


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