PHOTO CAPTION: TechRules microturbine electric hybrid drive powers six motors developing more than a 1000 hp.

TechRules Develops Microturbine EV

William and Matthew Jin believe they've come up with the ideal electric hybrid propulsion system using a microturbine generator.

Published: 09-Mar-2016

The idea of using a turbine to power a car has been around for half a century, but none ever made it into production, mainly as Techrules founder William Jin points out, they aren't all that good at converting chemical energy into power to turn wheels. General Motors even briefly experimented with one in an EV1 more than a decade ago.

Now William and Matthew Jin believe they've come up with a way to use a microturbine, capable of generating 30kW of electric power and able to run on a wide range of different fuels from aviation kerosene to biogas, to power future electric hybrids, starting with their TREV supercar prototype pictured below.

TechRules TREV founder William Jin (left) and CTO Matthew Jim (right)

The TREV boosts some pretty amazing performance numbers like zero-to-sixty in 2.5 seconds. Or a hybrid driving range on 80 liters (21 US gal.) of Jet 8 kerosene of some 2,000 km (1,242 mi) or the equivalent of 59 mpg. Or a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph). Even its claimed 150 km (93 mi) electric range on just a 20kWh LiMgO4 battery pack pretty impressive.

The supercar is equipped with six electric motors, which accounts for its rocket sled-like acceleration: one motor for each front wheel and two motors for each back wheel for a combines power of 768 kW (1,030 bhp) at an astounding 8,600 Nm (6,300 lb ft) of torque.

As seems the norm these days with most electric car startups, the Jins figure on getting their foot in the door with a limited production run of the TREV, though they also aspire to using their drive system to propel less elitist automotive applications.

Our colleagues over at AutoBlog have written more extensively about the car, including detailed specs.

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