ETVMotors announces funding for range-extended EV w/micro-turbine
According to COO Arnold Roth, the company is focusing on developing its powertrain technology. No long term decisions have been made yet but the company plans to explore licensing and co-development deals with automakers and suppliers once they get further along. Roth tells ABG "We are evaluating multiple options, and have certainly not closed the door on producing what we develop, either alone or with suitable partners." The concept of using a small turbine to drive the generator is not unique to this company. Automotive X-Prize competitor Velozzi is doing something very similar on its competitor.
Turbines have advantages in this kind of application because they work better at constant speed than they do in transient conditions. Turbines can also operate on a wide variety of fuels without modification. The company has a Toyota Prius mule running with its experimental powertrain.
[Source: ETV Motors]
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