China-based automotive research and development company Techrules will reveal its new Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) system in an all-new electric supercar concept at the Geneva motor show next month.
A preview image released today gives very little away in terms of the actual model, but the real interest here is the turbine-electric powertrain. Details of exactly how the technology works have yet to be revealed, but Autocar understands that it uses a small turbine to physically recharge the battery while the car is being driven, resulting in an improved range.
The Chinese manufacturer is claiming a total electric range of more than 1242 miles and a massive power output of 1030bhp. By comparison, the Tesla Model S manages 330 miles between charges.
Turbine recharging has been around for a number of years. Jaguar used Bladen turbines – a gas-based turbine, developing electricity to charge the battery – in its C-X75 concept in 2010.