Electric and hybrid motorhome update
By Bob Difley
Capstone Turbine Corporation, that calls itself “the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems” announced that they will embark on an eco-friendly project with a major producer of heavy duty trucks that “will utilize a Capstone 65kW microturbine as a clean, efficient range extender in a hybrid electric drive system.”
“The electric hybrid vehicle market is in a significant growth phase, with essentially every manufacturer of trucks, buses and automobiles looking for the right solution to serve their customers. Capstone’s microturbine technology offers many benefits for these applications, including our extremely low emission levels that meet the most stringent CARB and EPA 2010 requirements without any exhaust after-treatment,” said Darren Jamison, Capstone President and CEO.
The Capstone press release also stated, “The Capstone microturbines are able to operate on traditional liquid fuels such as diesel and biodiesel but can also utilize alternative fuels such as natural gas without sacrificing efficiency.”
This is another example of how manufacturers and inventors are experimenting with electric and hybrid drives, and starting to move to heavy duty vehicles, which would be suitable for large motorhomes, and maybe tow vehicles also. I wonder how long it will be before these types of innovations prove themselves–and filter down to the RV market.
However, you may not have to wait that long before you can purchase the perfect toad to pull behind your microturbine hybrid motorhome. Porsche announced that they intend to go forward with production of the Porsche Spyder 918 as they are closing in on the 1,000 firm orders they said they needed to proceed.
The Spyder is a plug-in hybrid supercar that will accelerate from 0-60 in 3 seconds, tops out at 198 mph, gets a whopping 16 miles on electric only, has a maximum fuel efficiency of about 78 mpg, and a combined 718 horsepower. What more could you ask of a toad? Maybe a little less than its $650,000 price tag.
Website: Healthy RV Lifestyle
Last 5 posts by Bob Difley
- Everyone should take an RV trip at least once in their lifetime
- Add these side trips to your snowbird migration – Part 2
- Add these side trips to your snowbird migration - Part 1
- RVers and bears: Tips on staying safe - for both RVers and bears
- If HR5204 passes the House our public lands may no longer be free