What do a car, electricity and a jet engine all have in common? Well, the answer is simple: a modified Toyota Prius and a higher mileage. Israeli start-up ETV Motors, located in Tel Aviv has invested about $12 million in this technology that combines these three elements. The prototype of a modified Prius will be ready next year for testing.
The battery from the Prius has been replaced with a high density one, that should propel the car for 60 to 80 km on a charge, while the micro-turbine acts as an on-board charger for the battery. The ETV micro-turbine can be fueled by a multitude of sources (CNG, biodiesel), and will have a heat recovery system for improved efficiency, which the company says it will be about 30%.
The company also says that they have been contacted by important car manufacturers for selling their patent, because using their turbine would give higher mileage than using an ICE for hybrid vehicles.