Racing EV Range Extender Set for Mass Market Roll-out

The Chinese creator of a turbine driven EV recharging range extender system plans to roll-out the race track technology to the mass market including passenger vehicles.

Techrules, best known for its Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) system in its Tenrules Ren supercars, will start producing and selling a 45-kW turbine in small series in June 2020, with mass production expected to commence by the end of this year.

The 45KW turbine runs on renewable fuels and can be used as stand-alone power generator to provide electricity, heating or cooling. A smaller 15 kW turbine will follow in 2021, specifically developed for use as range extender in passenger cars, while the 45 kW version is more suitable for use in LCVs requiring more power.

Currently racing cars use units that claim a 80 kW output. While the company says it will consider approaches from automakers, its first priority is to focus is on developing, producing and selling micro-turbines first to the domestic user.

Inventor of the micro-turbine, chief technology officer of Techrules, Matthew Jin, said: “Especially when it’s running on renewable fuels, our technology helps to fight global warming as it substantially reduces the output of CO2  by stimulating the cultivation of plants to produce biofuels. It is therefore no real surprise to us that the use of our technology as a range extender and also as a charging station for electric vehicles has created massive interest from companies and institutions around the world. As a range extender, the smaller 15kW and 45 kW turbines are more suitable for use in passenger cars and commercial vehicles, as opposed to the 80 kW version that we used in the Ren supercars. However, this will require co-development with interested OEMs which, in turn, will require massive resources from our end. That’s why we have decided to focus our efforts on the 45 kW turbine initially, which is almost ready for production here in China and for sales markets around the world.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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