Re: FYI:$$$:PtPtPt:EVLN(automotive fuel cell development

Michael Lorrey (
Sat, 26 Apr 1997 22:45:33 -0400

James Rogers wrote:
> I've driven a turbine powered car before, and they are very nice. Lots of
> power and very smooth acceleration. Supposedly some company is working on
> a prototype turbine that can idle nearly as efficiently as a vanilla
> internal combustion engine. Turbines actually make a lot of sense if you
> are looking for a lot of power in a compact package. The turbine car that
> I drove put out in excess of 600 horsepower, but was as fuel efficient as
> most sports cars in the 400 horsepower range.

A 15 kW turbine generator is only the equivalent of about 12 hp (
corrections anyone?), which is considered the nominal needs of
overcoming rolling/ atmospheric friction for a normal car, plus
accessory power needs. WHile your objection of idling while topped off
is true, that would not be a normal case, and the turbine would
typically be shut down. Additionally, you are right that a hybrid
vehicle is a highway/long commute/trip/vacation/rural area type vehicle.
In the case of an urban commuter, such a vehicle would not have any
need, as a normal electric vehicle would be optimal for that, with a
commute of less than 20 miles and accessible power jacks on either end
of the trip for recharging. The hybrid is being developed for those
non-urban markets where electric vehicles still have power and range

			Michael Lorrey
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