China’s Techrules Ready To Put EV Turbines Into Production

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.

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  • Bash

    It’s about time to bring back the turbine engine in the automotive industry.

  • SteersUright

    Im just surprised they’re the first to do it.

    • Mike anonymous

      Jaguar was originally going to do it with the CX-75. The CX-75 Concept had a similar concept/approach to propulsion and power, but then with the production prototype they switched to a more conventional (in my opinion, less interesting) engine. Sadly Although the final product was ready to go it was imply never launched. It surely would have done quite a lot to boost Jaguars’ overall brand image. Especially today.

      I am glad that someone if finally going to do it. Also to know that someone so young (18,.. well technically around 24-26yrs old now I suppose) is the mind behind this vehicles turbine engine, is truly something amazing.

      • SteersUright

        I recall that concept. Beautiful sports car at the time and one much needed to demonstrate engineering prowess by Jaguar.
        I agree with you and always happy to see big ideas come to fruition and welcome any/all innovation and risk taking in the interest of science and engineering.

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