|A DEKA Stirling engine. Click to enlarge.|
Based on an Think City electric car, the 2008 DEKA Revolt two-seater offers about a 60-mile range on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery pack. The Stirling engine range extender is fitted into the truck compartment.
Kamen said he is in discussions with Think Global over the use of the Stirling technology, but hopes that they will be the first of many automakers to adopt the technology. Kamen hopes a production version could hit the market in two years.
Stirling engines are external combustion engines, using a heat source external to the cylinders for the conversion of heat energy to mechanical energy. The DEKA Stirling can use a range of fuels.