Chinese R&D company Techrules has announced that it will soon be ready to begin production of its Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) technology.
Techrules previewed the technology with the Ren supercar concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It’s essentially a series-hybrid powertrain that features a fuel-powered turbine generator tasked with recharging the battery when necessary, acting as a range extender.
Having a turbine generator allows unprecedented efficiency levels and performance, as well as very low environmental impact, always according to the company. The turbine itself can be run on both petrol and diesel, as well as on renewable fuels such as ethanol and biogas.
Techrules’ Ren supercar concept featured a pair of turbines producing 107hp (80kW) each but the company’s final production item will be a less powerful -and cheaper- version, with 20hp (15kW), as it was deemed more suitable for commercial and passenger vehicles.
“We received a tremendous amount of interest from OEMs around the world looking to benefit from its exceptional range-extending capabilities for passenger cars and commercial vehicles”, said William Jin, CEO of Techrules.
“So, we decided to adjust our strategy and develop a smaller and cheaper 15 kW version which is more suitable for commercial and passenger vehicles. This is allowing us to commercialize the TREV system much faster: we will be ready for mass production by the end of 2019”, Jin added.
The company says it’s currently in advanced talks with potential partners in order to introduce the TREV technology to markets around the world.