Now that the 2011 Chevy Volt is on sale, car buyers can experience electric vehicles with range-extending engines in everyday driving. And the Volt is just the start. In the future, range extenders to generate electric power will move beyond the Volt's standard car engine to purpose-built designs. One could be the tiny Lotus 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine-and-generator set, and another might be small diesel or gas turbine engines. Jaguar was the first major automaker to pioneer this concept, with the striking C-X75 concept coupe it debuted last fall. The design study was praised for its...
Want A Micro-Turbine Plug-In Hybrid Supercar? Call Velozzi
One of our favorite cars from the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show was the CMT-380 supercar concept from Capstone Turbine. To show off potential automotive uses for its C30 micro-turbine, it built an extended-range electric car using the turbine to add up to 500 miles to the 80-mile range of its...John Voelcker
Will Jaguar Have the First Hybrid Born From Jet Turbines?
"Born From Jets" may be the slogan of recently-saved-from-death Swedish Saab, but one day it may prove more appropriate for British carmaker Jaguar. The company has been awarded funding from the U.K. government to develop a small jet turbine as a range extender for a future hybrid luxury car. Its...John Voelcker
Electric Supercar Concept Uses Small Turbine Engine To Boost Range
We're gearing up for the Los Angeles Auto Show here at GreenCarReports, and the press releases are flying across the desk. Most of them don't apply to green car buyers and fans, but here's one worth watching. At the show, Capstone Turbine Corp. will unveil its CMT-380 concept, an extended-range...John Voelcker