Hybrid-Electric Supercar with Microturbine Technology Debuts

By Auto News Log • November 30th, 2009

Hybrid-Electric Supercar with Microturbine Technology Debuts at LA Auto Show Dec. 2-13

Capstone Turbine Corp is pushing traditional hybrid-electric vehicle barriers with the introduction at the L.A. Auto Show of the CMT-380, a high-performance, hybrid-electric supercar powered by traditional batteries and an untraditional, ultra-low emission, range-extending microturbine.

Capstone and Hilleman’s microturbine hybrid supercar features a Capstone C30 (30-kilowatt) microturbine that runs on diesel or biodiesel, which is housed inside a sleek Factory Five Racing GTM body. The Capstone C30 microturbine is so clean it does not require any exhaust after treatment to meet stringent clean air requirements of the California Air Resources Board or EPA 2010.

The CMT-380 features lithium-polymer battery cells that can be charged at home or at a public recharging station. While driving, the sports 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 Capstone C30 microturbine quietly fires up and recharges the batteries on the fly to extend the driving range up to 500 miles. The diesel-fueled C30 microturbine requires less maintenance than traditional combustion engines and produces ultra-low exhaust emissions.

Source: DUB Daily

 

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