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EVs need gas-powered range extenders – engineer

CNG-powered range extenders could be a perfect fit for electric vehicles, which are still hindered by weak battery performance, an engineer developing the technology says CNG-powered range extenders could be a perfect fit for electric vehicles, which are still hindered by weak battery performance, an engineer developing the technology says.
By Annemarie Botzki 4 October 2017 0 27835
Tesla model X Many types of electric vehicles are hampered by short battery life. (Tesla)

Former Rolls-Royce turbine engineer Dave Clarenbach is developing a gas-powered range extender to support electric vehicles. Interfax Natural Gas Daily spoke to him about the future of microturbine technology.

Interfax Natural Gas Daily: What kind of EVs need range extenders? And why do they need them?

Dave Clarenbach: I believe many people are interested in exchanging their internal combustion engine car for a battery-electric vehicle [BEV], but they are hesitant because of the compromises they have to make. The disadvantages of lithium-ion batteries –...