• AVL rotary-engine range extender for electric-drive vehicles, July 2010

    Four months from now, the world's first extended-range electric vehicle will start showing up at dealers. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt will introduce car buyers to the idea of a range-extending combustion engine that turns a generator to power the car electrically. But the generator in an E-REV can be driven by many different things that produce torque. Now AVL Powertrain Engineering proposes that rotary engines make more sense as range extenders than they do for powering cars directly. And AVL is not alone. The Audi A1 e-Tron concept minicar shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show last March used...

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