In an announcement that should probably be filed under “let’s wait and see how this holds up…,” the Chinese company Techrules has unveiled a new hybrid powertrain technology that reportedly allows for some pretty ridiculous specs.
The new series hybrid powertrain technology — which has been dubbed the Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) system — delivers “unprecedented levels of efficiency and performance and ultra-low environmental impact,” according to the company.
The reveal from Techrules was made at the recent 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and represents the company’s debut on the world stage apparently, so who knows what to make of these claims. It could all be vapor, after all.
Here are the details (via CarScoops):
TREV is basically a range extender system that uses a micro-turbine to generate electricity which in turn charges a battery pack that drive the wheels. The concepts (AT96 TREV and GT96 TREV) presented at the Swiss motor show represent the first step towards production of China’s first electric hypercar and they’re both based on this system.
Techrules claims that the powertrain produces 1,030 bhp and has an autonomy -wait for it- well over 2000 km (1,200 miles), all this while going from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.5 seconds, all the way to a restricted top speed of 350 km/h (218 mph). Furthermore, under plug-in operation, it apparently achieves a fuel consumption of just 0.18 l/100 km (1,569 mpg).
I remain skeptical…
The company is reportedly aiming to begin producing low-volume supercars within the next few years.
(Tip of the hat to “wdolson” on the Tesla Motors Club forum.)