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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Microturbine Technology Supercar

Vehicles with the fossil fuel seemed to quickly change with the electric vehicles technology. Because electric vehicles are even more environmentally friendly. This has lead to many automotive companies gradually produce electric vehicles models to be used in the future.

The world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems, Capstone Turbine Corporation has recently introduced one of electric-powered hybrid supercar prototype at the LA Auto Show 2009. The Capstone CMT-380 prototype is an automotive beast unlike anything we've ever seen. Rather than mixing batteries and a conventional engine, this whip combines the former with a diesel / biodiesel-powered microturbine, which is -- for all intents and purposes -- a jet engine.
Capstone Turbine CMT-380, a hybrid microturbine supercar. (Picture from: http://www.autogreen.ro/)
Reportedly, the car can reach 96.56 kph (60 mph) from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds, hit 241.40 kph (150 mph) before being cut off by the electronic limiter, it capable to cruise 128.75 km (80 miles) on battery power alone and drive from Idaho Falls to Spokane as long as 804 km (499.58 miles) on just a single tank of fuel. The optimum speed of this vehicle is up to 241 kph (149.75 mph)..
Interior view of Capstone Turbine CMT-380. (Picture from: http://www.automobilesreview.com/)
Capstone Turbine's CMT-380's 30kW microturbine features an electric generator and turbine components mounted on a single shaft, which is supported by air bearings - so there are no liquids to lubricate or cool the microturbine. It uses a patented combustion system to achieve extremely low exhaust emissions that do not require expensive exhaust "after treatments". It’s claimed by the manufacturers that the diesel-fueled C30 microturbine requires less maintenance than traditional combustion engines and produces ultra-low exhaust emissions.
Left side view of Capstone Turbine CMT-380. (Picture from: http://www.automobilesreview.com/)
The concept for the high performance hybrid electric microturbine vehicle was developed by Richard Hilleman, Chief Creative Director of video game publisher Electronic Arts, with support from Capstone Turbine. And CMT-380 uses a lithium polymer battery that can be recharged at home.
It's being bruited about that the company is considering flipping this bad boy into the production line, but with an estimated asking price north of $200,000, there's sufficient evidence to think that the volume here would remain relatively low.. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CAPSTONE TURBINE CORPORATION | GIZMAG]
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