Here's a new hybrid that promises up to 500 miles on a tank of gas, goes from 0-60 in less than 4 sec and zooms to a top speed of 150 mph. Capstone Turbine Corp. of Chatsworth, CA has introduced the CMT-380, a high-performance, hybrid-electric sports car powered by traditional batteries and an ultra-low-emission range-extending microturbine.
The concept for the CMT-380 was developed by video game creator Richard Hilleman, chief creative director at Electronic Arts. He designed the car with support from Capstone. The vehicle features a Capstone 30-kW microturbine that runs on diesel or biodiesel. The microturbine is housed in a Factory Five Racing GMT body. The microturbine was engineered to ensure the vehicle doesn't require any exhaust after-treatment to meet the clear air requirements of the California Air Resources or EPA 2010.
The car uses lithium-polymer battery cells that can be charged at home or at a public recharging station. While driving, the car can operate on 100-percent battery power in zero-emissions mode for a range of up to 80 miles. When the batteries reach a pre-determined state of discharge, the microturbine fires up and recharges the batteries on the fly.
The CMT-380 is in the final conceptual design and first article-testing stage. The company says it plans to finalize a limited production plan based on interest from consumers at the recent LA Auto Show.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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