A company called Capstone Turbine shows at the LA Auto Show its CMT-380 prototype hybrid electric supercar which is boosted by the company’s microturbine technology. The car is powered by traditional batteries and an untraditional ultra low emission range extending microturbine. It does 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, 150 mph top speed, and an unheard-of driving range of up to 500 miles on a single tank of fuel.
The CMT-380 features lithium-polymer battery cells that can be charged at home or at a public recharging station. It can can operate on 100 percent battery power in zero emissions mode for a range of up to 80 miles.
What is a Microturbine?
The CMT-380′s 30-kilowatt microturbine features an electric generator and turbine components mounted on a single shaft, which is supported by air bearings — so there are no liquids to lubricate or cool the microturbine. It uses a patented combustion system to achieve extremely low exhaust emissions that do not require expensive exhaust after treatment.