Supercars stampede toward hybrids, electric power: Geneva roundup


Techrules AT96 TREV concept, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Techrules AT96 TREV concept, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Hybrid and electric cars are now a common sight at major auto shows, but the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, those technologies were found in the supercars that made up many of the debuts.

Companies large and small unveiled flashy hybrid and battery-electric models, or discussed plans for them.

Some are concepts, some are billed as production ready, others are just ideas at the moment.

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But they all show that efficiency and performance don't have to be mutually exclusive.

We've rounded up some of the high-profile debuts and announcements here.

If your car interests land on the less ostentatious end of the spectrum, there are plenty of other notable green-car debuts and news at our Geneva Motor Show hub.

Arash AF10, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Arash AF10, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Arash AF10

British firm Arash unveiled a hybrid version of its first road car in Geneva.

The Arash was first shown in prototype form at the 2006 London Motor Show, and was originally powered by a standalone General Motors-sourced 7.0-liter V-8.

Arash has updated the powertrain to include a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, along with four electric motors and a 32-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.

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The V-8 sends its power to the rear wheels only through 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions, while the electric motors are paired, two per axle, giving the car all-wheel drive.

The result is a peak output of 2,080 horsepower when running on both gasoline and electric power, according to Arash.

That will get the hybrid AF10 from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, according to the company. Arash is currently taking orders, with a starting price of £1,100,000  ($1,584,500).

Techrules AT96 TREV concept, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Techrules AT96 TREV concept, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Techrules TREV concepts

Chinese startup Techrules brought not one, but two versions of its turbine plug-in electric supercar to the Swiss show.

Both use its Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) powertrain, with a turbine acting as a range extender for electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack.

Techrules claims the system produces 1,030 hp, getting either car from 0 to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 217 mph, the company says.

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One version is called the AT96 TREV for "aviation turbine," because it's set up to run on liquid aviation fuels.

Then there's the GT96 TREV or "gas turbine," which runs on biogas or natural gas. Biogas is one of the areas Techrules' parent company, TXR-S, specializes in.

Techrules said the AT96 is intended as a more track-focused variant, while the GT96 is styled to look more like a potential production road car.

The company said it plans to put a low-volume supercar using the TREV powertrain into production soon, and eventually follow that with a higher-volume city car.

Italdesign GTZero concept, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Italdesign GTZero concept, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Italdesign GTZero

Italian styling house Italdesign is known for evocative concept cars, and this year it brought an all-electric supercar to Geneva.

The GTZero is powered by three electric motors; two power the front axle, the other powers the rear axle.

The three motors produce a combined 483 hp, and the car features four-wheel steering as well as all-wheel drive.

Italdesign says there are provisions for a hybrid powertrain as well. The battery pack is mounted in what would otherwise be a transmission tunnel.

The GTZero itself will likely remain a styling exercise, some of its technology could be used by the Volkswagen Group, which owns the Italdesign studio.


 
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