SEAT has announced a grounding breaking advancement in green-motoring with the unveiling of their new Aero-Tonto electricity generation system for the Ibiza Ecomotive.

SEAT has announced a grounding breaking advancement in green-motoring with the unveiling of their new Aero-Tonto electricity generation system for the Ibiza Ecomotive.

Inspired by Dutch windmills, the Aero-Tonto system consists of a roof mounted three-blade electric wind turbine that spins as a result of air moving over the surface of the Ibiza as it travels. This reduces the need for the engine to produce electricity, resulting in improved fuel economy. According to SEAT Development Engineer Santos Inocentes, "Cutting the alternator's drain on the car's engine means a potentially significant fuel saving, while harnessing the power of the wind is potentially limitless."

SEAT estimates the addition of the Aero-Tonto system can improve the Ibiza Ecomotive's extra urban fuel rating by 3 mpg for a total of 97.1 mpg. When car travels at speeds of just 3 mph, the system generates enough power to run the indicators and fog lights. As speeds increase above 24 mph, the system creates enough electricity to fully operate the front headlights and several other key features.

Although the company failed to release pricing information for the new Aero-Tonto system, they did state that they are currently working on a more advanced version that uses eight 3-foot long blades. 

More information is planned for April 1st 2010.

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