Hyperdrive has demonstrated the capability of the gasoline version in a demonstration electric vehicle, the CUE-V, which is based on a standard D-segment car.
In the CUE-V, the 60 kg unit delivers 15 kW at 5,000 rpm—sufficient to allow the vehicle to cruise at 60 mph without depleting the batteries.
With £278,331 (US$427,000) in funding from the Collaborative Projects Fund, Hyperdrive is developing the more efficient 15kw diesel engine.
The Range Extender is being developed for use in cars, light commercial vehicles, marine applications, and even as a portable power pack for breakdown services. It is being developed as a compact and cost-effective option, which will allow for a reduction in EV battery pack size resulting in decreasing vehicle weight and cost.
The unit has been designed to run only at optimized points and is switched off when not required. CAN-enabled, it optimizes the use of shared engine, generator and ECU components to avoid compromise in the reduction of lower carbon emissions.
The Collaborative Projects Fund provides grant funding to collaborative industry-research organization projects in the North East England. Its purpose is to stimulate business growth and development, and generate private sector jobs in the Low Emission Transport sector. The Low Emission Transport Collaborative Project Fund is part of a wider £6.2-million (US$9.5 million) Regional Growth Fund program designed to boost the growth of the low carbon sector in the region.
The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is a £2.4-billion (US$3.7-billion) fund operating across England from 2011 to 2015.