Jaguar developing Turbine Hybrid; Gas Turbine to power Electric Motor
Jaguar has received $24 million in funding from the British government to developing a range-extended luxury hybrid that may use a tiny gas turbine to power the electric motor. Jaguar Land Rover is working on the car with British gas turbine manufacturer Bladon Jets and electric motor manufacturer SR Drives. Previous attempts at turbine-powered cars, of which the Chrysler Turbine Car might be the most famous, used the technology to turn the driveshaft. But the Jaguar, like the Volvo Hybrid Environmental Concept, would use a miniature gas turbine only to generate electricity for the electric motor. Bladon says its axial flow turbines are small, lightweight and run on anything from natural gas to biofuel. That, it says, makes them a great alternative to the conventional engines used in range-extended hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt. Pretty cool technology. Can't wait to see the car's fuel-efficiency as well as its range on a charge.