Turboshaft hybrid
The idea isn't new, maybe not practical either, but it is the most efficient solution I can concieve for long range electric hybrid vehicles. Start with an electric vehicle, but instead of adding a large, heavy, and complex piston engine to charge the battery, add a simple, light-weight turboshaft engine to charge the battery. It should produce just enough power to charge the battery fast enough to keep the car moving at highways speeds. Turbo-shaft engines are more efficient than piston engines in a MPG sense, and they are much lighter than equally powerful piston engines. They are also much better suited to the constant-output job of charging batteries than a piston engine is.
By: Michael P.
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Robert B Stan.... Traditional turbines may be so, but capstone produces great micro turbines that could be easily adapted to this... Remember the purpose is to charge the battery, not turn the driveshaft.
1 year(s) ago via
Stan U Turbines are very high maintenance and are NOT fuel efficient unless you transport a lot of people. They are high output for their weight so are good for aircraft.
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