Oct. 24, 2006: Source

Summary: Carmakers are not the only ones investing in automobile industry research in Brazil; universities are doing it too. This is the case with the School of Industrial Engineering (FEI) University Center in São Bernardo do Campo, in the Greater São Paulo, southeastern Brazil, which is exhibiting ecologically correct models developed by its students at the 24th International Automobile Trade Show.

One of the highlights is the hybrid Astra, powered by 25 electric batteries, which are in turn charged by a small combustion engine. "It is a low-displacement combustion engine with just one cylinder, therefore it is very economical. Its sole objective is to drive the generator that loads the batteries," said Milton Monteverde Belli, a mechanical and automobile engineering student who worked on the project.

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