China’s first su­per­car

Very fru­gal on-board charger for very fast ac­cel­er­a­tion from elec­tric ve­hi­cle

The Witness - Wheels - - ELECTRIC - AL­WYN VILJOEN

TECHRULES, the young au­to­mo­tive re­search and devel­op­ment com­pany based in Bei­jing, last week an­nounced it is now look­ing for Euro­pean cities in which to a es­tab­lish pro­duc­tion base.

Techrules pre­sented what it billed as China’s first su­per­car con­cept at last month’s 86th Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show. Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany state­ment, “the world pre­miere of its rev­o­lu­tion­ary tur­bine-recharg­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cle (TREV) tech­nol­ogy made a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact with me­dia and pub­lic guests alike.”

En­gine that is all tur­bines

Techrules ex­plains on its web­site it is a com­pany ded­i­cated to the in­no­va­tion of new energy tech­nolo­gies to ad­vance the en­vi­ron­men­tal and dy­namic per­for­mance of EVs as well as the con­ve­nience to the user.

Its Tur­bine-Recharg­ing Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle sys­tem is an all-new patent-pro­tected se­ries hy­brid pow­er­train tech­nol­ogy com­pris­ing a tur­bine-gen­er­a­tor.

Trev com­bines ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence of avi­a­tion and elec­tric ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies with sev­eral pro­pri­etary tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tions to de­liver un­prece­dented lev­els of ef­fi­ciency and per­for­mance, and ul­tra-low en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

Trev is a range ex­ten­der sys­tem that uses a mi­cro-tur­bine to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity that charges a bat­tery pack. The bat­tery pow­ers the mo­tors that drive the wheels. Newly de­vel­oped bat­tery man­age­ment tech­nolo­gies en­able su­pe­rior charg­ing ef­fi­ciency. The high ef­fi­ciency of the Trev range ex­ten­der re­sults in a re­quire­ment for fewer bat­ter­ies, sav­ing weight and space.

Techrules show­cased its ground break­ing tech­nol­ogy at the 2016 Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show in a plug-in hy­brid range ex­ten­der Trev con­cept that rep­re­sents the first step to­wards pro­duc­tion of China’s first su­per­car. A devel­op­ment pro­to­type started test­ing in Fe­bru­ary 2016 at the world-fa­mous Sil­ver­stone race cir­cuit in the UK.

Pro­duc­ing peak power of 768 kW (1,030 bhp / 1,044 PS), ini­tial pro­jec­tions in­di­cate blis­ter­ing per­for­mance (0 - 100 km/ h in 2,5 sec­onds; 350 km/h re­stricted top speed) and a huge range (over 2 000 km). Un­der plug-in op­er­a­tion, it achieves fuel con­sump­tion of just 0,18l/100 km (1,569 mpg).

Pro­duc­ing the Trev

At Geneva, Techrules said plans to launch China’s first su­per­car into the global mar­ket in the next two to three years. It then plans to be­gin pro­duc­tion of higher vol­ume city cars a few years later.

It is cur­rently ex­plor­ing op­tions for pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in Europe, as well as con­tin­u­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with new devel­op­ment part­ners.

Techrules has now ap­pointed a small team to iden­tify spe­cific lo­ca­tions in Europe where it can es­tab­lish a pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity for its su­per­car.

The team is look­ing at ex­ist­ing sites that are cur­rently or will soon be­come va­cant, and also at pos­si­ble sites where it could de­velop an all-new site from the ground up.

The com­pany’s strong in­house engi­neer­ing team is fo­cused on fi­nal­is­ing the devel­op­ment and man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses of the pro­duc­tion ver­sion of its Trev mi­cro tur­bine hy­brid range ex­ten­der tech­nol­ogy.

Mean­while, it will con­tinue to progress ve­hi­cle engi­neer­ing and styling pro­grammes for the AT96 and GT96 vari­ants of its su­per­car with spe­cial­ist part­ners in the UK and Italy.

What next for Trev?

Wil­liam Jin, chair­man of Techrules, said the tehc­nol­ogy that drew such wide in­ter­est at Geneva will be up­dated with re­sults from per­for­mance test­ing the com­pany will un­der­take in the com­ing year at the Nür­bur­gring Nord­schleife.

Matthew Jin, pres­i­dent of Techrules. “We are a young com­pany but we have a bold vi­sion. To see that so many highly re­spected in­dus­try an­a­lysts, ex­pe­ri­enced ex­ec­u­tives and in­flu­en­tial me­dia un­der­stood our vi­sion and be­lieve in its po­ten­tial is in­cred­i­bly in­spir­ing.”

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TOP: Wil­liam Jin, chair­man of Techrules (left) and Matthew Jin, pres­i­dent of Techrules, with the first truly fast, very in­no­va­tive car from China that fea­tures a mi­cro-tur­bine to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity that charges a bat­tery pack (above).

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