• Oct 20th 2010 at 6:22PM
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Mazda isn't the only company out there working on the next-generation rotary engine. According to China Car Times, Chery is also dabbling in Wankel technology. The company isn't so much interested in bringing non-piston love to The People's Republic so much as they are finding a more efficient way to charge the batteries in an extended-range EV. If CCT's intelligence is accurate, the plan is to use an 800cc Wankel as a sort of internal-combustion lifeline so that if an electric car's batteries go dead the driver won't be walking home. The strategy is in line with what we've seen from the Chevrolet Volt.
Chery has already worked up a prototype or two using electron-powered QQ3 models. China Car Times says that the vehicles can drive up to 93 miles on battery power alone. Throwing in the new Wankel has extended the vehicle's range by as much as an additional 43 miles. As of right now, there are no specifics as to whether or not Chery plans to bring the range-extended QQ3 to market.

[Source: China Car Times]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Heck, even Mazda wishes they could stop using the rotary, no way on Earth another car company is going to go down that road. The best thing in the World would be for Mazda to ditch the rotary in the RX-8 and put the 2.3L turbo engine from the MS3 in it, no matter what the rotards think. Horrible fuel economy, emissions are appalling, and they burn oil by design! I expect to see a gas turbine car on the showroom floor before I see anything other than a RX-7/RX-8 with a rotary in it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        but.. but.. but... it makes cool sounds!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The compactness of a rotary for an EV generator makes tremendous sense.

      Good for Chery!

      And maybe, once the Chinese can actually make the rotary work, Mazda can use some of the technology in their cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dont understand morons on the right wing.

        Well I do. Most of you tend to do much reading past High School, and even that is a stretch.


        That most of the crap we buy in china is the problem. I ran a pretty successful apparel manufacturing company out of Los Angeles years until cheap Chinese goods flooded the market. I had to let go of 40 employees, and eventually shut down the venture. Most of the companies in LA went out of business after a few years. The ones that dint shipped their jobs to china. The same happened to the once thriving local furniture industry.

        Now, im fine economically. I didnt lose my house, nor am I worried about my children s future. I cant say the same for the people that worked for me though.

        I fail to understand how some people complain so much about the bail outs, or Government Motors as they call it, when in reality it would of been China to buy out GM if we didnt.

        Theres nothing wrong with protecting our national auto industry. The Germans do it, the Japanese do it. So should we.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I pray to god we never get Chinese made automobiles here in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ghost: You say that like a Chinese made car wouldn't be better than anything made by Chrysler today.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I suppose the compactness makes it interesting for an emergency generator but the horrible fuel economy of wankels makes using it in a Volt-like manner (where you might more than occasionally run it) a problem. Still, I could see it making some sense in an emergency. Better to have a crappy low-mileage motor to limp you to the next gas station than to be stuck.
        • 4 Years Ago

        funny because the computer that you used to post that comment is probably made in China. And the 95% of other things in your house that you use. Why do you buy such inferior crap?

        And as for the Wankel engine, it sounds like it would be perfectly matched with a extended range EV. hope this ups the stakes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Long live the rotary!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Autoblog don´t forget also: "Geneva Preview: Audi A1 e-tron is extended-range EV with Wankel rotary generator" http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/01/geneva-preview-audi-a1-e-tron-extended-range-ev-with-wankel-rot/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Won't it be kind of hard to be smug about your "green" car when you are funneling 6 quarts of oil into it every weekend?
        • 4 Years Ago
        6 quarts eh? that's a bit excessive...
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should call it the Chery Vault.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Because Wankel's are so efficient?????
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