The fact that the company chose a Tesla Model 3 for the demonstration of its concept was probably a combination of calculation and daring: In January, Obrist Powertrains from Austria presented its drive, called HyberHybrid, which turned the Tesla from a purely electric car into a hybrid. This caused international attention and excitement among Tesla fans, because some of them are convinced that only cars without a combustion engine make sense. Obrist continued unimpressed, however, and has now announced an agreement with the German supplier ZF.
Little respect for Tesla original
The anger of fans of pure electric car apprenticeship, especially among Tesla fans, is understandable in a way, because Obrist did not show much respect for Model 3 for the presentation in January. The built-in battery was removed and replaced by a much smaller one. The front hood of the Tesla again became the engine hood because the Austrian company housed a two-cylinder there. And perhaps the biggest Tesla provocation: This should not only be much cheaper than the original, but also more environmentally friendly.
Already in the first reports on the concept, it was said that the company might bring on board the German car supplier ZF, which is located nearby. A collaboration has now been confirmed, but not in the way that was expected: Obrist is becoming a ZF customer and wants to use eFrive engines from ZF for increased efficiency and dynamics, reports the Portal Engine + Powertrain.
Already for his Tesla Model 3 without ZF engine, Obrist stated that it only consumes 2 liters per 100 kilometers when running on petrol – very different from normal plug-in hybrids, which use more with an empty battery than pure combustion cars because they also drive the heavy batteries around. On the other hand, 2 liters of fuel are still 2 liters more than pure electric cars from Tesla and others. But according to Obrist, they are heavier than his Model 3 as a hyper hybrid and the larger battery means more CO2 emissions during production.
Nevertheless, the Austrians go further with their concept in pure electric car direction than others. The combustion engine is not directly connected to the wheels, but only provides electricity for the battery – continuously at higher speeds, not only when it is empty. Technical tricks should also make him run so smoothly that nothing disturbs the feeling of e-feeling. And it is not simply called the engine as in normal plug-in hybrids or the range extender as in other serial concepts, but rather zero vibration generator.
Partner instead of competitor like Tesla
Obrist apparently does not want to build a car himself, but in January there was talk of a first license agreement with a well-known global company. The first fast electric car with hyper hybrid should be available in 2023. Mazda also pursues a similar concept with the electric SUV MX-30, which is supposed to get a relatively small battery and requires more power from a Wankel engine.
The undisclosed partner is also unlikely to be Tesla. A serial hybrid was also built there in the early days, but was then found to be too expensive and not powerful enough, as can be seen in the biography of CEO Elon Musk. One of the reasons for choosing purely cordless cars was therefore that Tesla with hybrids should at least partially compete against the core competence of all traditional car manufacturers. Obrist from Austria wants to be your partner.