It's the car every BeamNG driver has been waiting for! The ETK800 hatchback, now available in several new Hybrid models. That's right, a real hybrid vehicle in BeamNG! That means instant electric torque, engine auto-start-stop technology, and regenerative braking in your favorite driving sim.
This new configuration of the ETK800 is built on the same Hybrid powertrain system as my "Hybrid Citybus" mod. It uses the same exact code and parts, simply configured for a sporty hatchback instead of a huge bulky transit bus. As with most hybrid cars, it features pure electric driving below a certain speed, with the engine stopping completely when it's not needed. There are three hybrid models available for the ETK800: the 854eh "Eco Hybrid", 856sh "Sport Hybrid", and 856rh "Race Hybrid".
All models are also capable of driving at higher speeds (for short distances) in "pure electric" mode similar to the city bus. This "EV" mode can be toggled by pressing "E" on the keyboard. Also like the city bus, the vehicle includes a "battery charge" mode activated with Shift + E (while in Park) that will use the engine to charge the hybrid battery relatively quickly.
For the best performance during a drag race, it is recommended that you charge the battery up all the way (using the fast-charge mode) and pre-start the engine by holding both the brake and gas pedals (the engine will start and pre-rev, but the car will not accelerate). Launch the vehicle when ready by releasing the brake pedal. The engine will rev up more shortly after you launch to help the electric motors and achieve maximum acceleration power.
If you're one of those people who is mindful of their carbon impact (who would want to pollute the gorgeous maps of BeamNG?), you'll be delighted to find that the standard 854eh Eco-Hybrid will get upwards of 40 MPG driving around town! The 856sh Sport-Hybrid will get around 30 MPG if you're mindful of your acceleration and braking, and the 856rh Race-Hybrid will even get a decent 12-15 MPG on the track, but then again, who's counting MPGs while racing
Beta ETK800 Hybrid 5.1
Full hybrid versions of the ETK800 hatchback car