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Wrightspeed develops new 80kW Fulcrum turbine generator

ABR Staff Writer Published 05 May 2015

Wrightspeed, the manufacturer of range-extended electric vehicle powertrains, has developed new turbine generator, known as Fulcrum.

Featuring proprietary set of advancements, the 80kW Fulcrum turbine generator is expected to set a new standard as the company continues to evolve electric vehicle propulsion.

Although Fulcrum cannot provide direct propulsion to the drive wheels, it can be used to re-charge the battery system and is capable of being operated at the cleanest and most efficient operating point.

Designed to have a 10,000 hour lifetime, the Fulcrum weighs 250lbs, approximately 1/10th the weight of its piston generator counterparts.

The turbine is said to be 30% more efficient than the existing turbine generators, and triples usable power due to its two-stage compression process and unique recuperation design feature.

Wrightspeed CEO and founder Ian Wright said: "The automotive industry is in the midst of a fundamental disruption, with electric vehicles merely symbolizing the beginning of the movement.

"The Fulcrum, together with our range-extended EV architecture, is perfectly suited for achieving maximum efficiency in extremely high-power stop-and-go applications, such as garbage trucks.

"For many of the same reasons that aviation changed from piston engines to turbines decades ago, we believe turbines will begin to replace piston engines in range-extended electric vehicle applications."