Extending the Range of Hybrid Vehicles
Hybrid electronic vehicles are an increasingly common sight on roads across the world, as the automotive industry looks to respond to political and consumer demand for vehicles with reduced CO2 emissions. One issue prohibiting the widespread adoption of hybrid technologies is the relatively short range that is currently possible between recharging stops, when compared with the fuel economy of traditional road vehicles.
The AMOCATIC Range Extender is a totally-balanced single cylinder rotary IC engine generator concept for producing electrical power. It is hoped that the generator’s design will significantly extend the range of ultra-low CO2 hybrid electronic vehicles, through improved efficiency.
Features and Benefits
– High efficiency through downsizing to one cylinder, reduced friction, and low generator torque
– Low noise and vibration through total balance
– Light-weight and compact
– Kinetic energy storage capability as a flywheel KERS (though not essential for functionality)
Proofs of concept for individual hardware elements of the design is currently being pursued by the University of Sussex Dynamics, Control and Vehicle Research Group.