|The SOLO. Click to enlarge.|
Velozzi released a rendering and some preliminary detail on its upcoming electric-drive crossover, the SOLO. The SOLO is an extended range electric vehicle equipped with a combination of supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries for energy storage and a multi-fuel micro-turbine for the range-extending genset.
The vehicle will also have the ability to reverse its polarity and serve as a power generator, able to power equipment or a home if necessary. Regenerative braking will capture kinetic energy when slowing the vehicles improving its range. According to Velozzi, the SOLO will reach 100 mpg (2.4 L/100km), accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6 seconds, and have a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).
Velozzi is emphasizing the use of lightweight materials and the modularity that lightweight materials can provide. In May, Velozzi announced a partnership with Nanoledge for the development of lightweight and high performance epoxy/carbon fibre body panels. Nanoledge integrated carbon nanotubes into epoxy resin to improve mechanical performance of composites in areas such as crack growth resistance, fatigue resistance, impact resistance and compression resistance without compromises on other properties. Carbon nanotubes can increase the mechanical properties of the components by 40%, improving the parts’ performance while reducing weight.
Velozzi says it has 17 global OEM suppliers engaged in building the Velozzi super car and the SOLO. Both vehicles are entered in the Progressive Automotive X Prize competition, the super car in the Alterative class and the SOLO in the Mainstream class.
Like the SOLO, the super car is also a micro-turbine-based extended range electric vehicle. The supercar, however, will be powered by a 574 kW (770 hp) AC induction motor able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds, with a top speed of more than 200 mph (322 km/h).
ETV Motors Ltd. (ETVM) is an Israeli start-up also developing a range-extended electric vehicle (REEV) technology combining a novel dual-power micro-turbine and a new high-voltage lithium-ion battery chemistry. (Earlier post.)