Even Simon might consider this one along with many others who have range anxiety in regards to their electric car. The performance is not to be sneezed at either.
Runs on a variety of fuels.
0-100 kmh in 2.9 seconds.
30-kWh graphene-enhanced battery handles high charge rates.
Lifespan of 50,000 DOD charging cycles.
Micro-turbine should last 50,000 hours with maintenance every 10,000 hours.
Shanghai Motor Show
Pininfarina may be best known for its work with Ferrari, but it’s also been working with Chinese brands like BAIC, Chery and JAC since 1996 and has a branch in Shanghai. For its latest project, it’s teamed with Hong Kong’s Hybrid Kinetic Group, a collaboration that birthed the svelte H600 sedan at last month’s Geneva Motor Show.
At the recent Shanghai Motor Show they’ve expanded the micro-turbine-extender family with the five-seat K550 and seven-seat K750 SUVs. The three vehicles share the same prominently framed front-end designs filled in with toothy grilles, but earn their own identities with details like the grille designs behind those shiny teeth and the bumpers.
Neither the Pininfarina nor HKG announcement details specific powertrain or performance specs for the K550 or K750, but they do state that all family vehicles have a combination of “super batteries” and micro-turbine generators for up to 620 miles of range.
When detailing the H600 last month, HKG identified the super battery as a 30-kWh graphene-enhanced unit. Graphene-enhanced lithium-titanate and graphene lithium-sulfur batteries are among the technologies HKG is working to develop. The HKG family vehicle batteries are developed to handle high charge rates and have an estimated lifespan of 50,000 DOD charging cycles.
HKG says the high-efficiency micro-turbine can run on a variety of fuels, has an expected lifespan of 50,000 hours and requires maintenance in intervals of 10,000 hours. It imagines its vehicles working as backup power sources, able to feed energy into the home, grid or other electric vehicles when needed.
In February, Pininfarina and HKG signed a €65 million agreement covering the design, development, and engineering of a series of electric vehicles with micro-turbine range extenders. The deal will run 46 months.
Few technical details exist but here is some of the PR
Facilitating eco-sustainable energy conservation and environment protection for the well-being of people
According to statistics, the number of automobiles in China will reach 200 million by 2020. But behind this scene of prosperity lies massive energy consumption and harmful emissions. HK vehicles are equipped with micro-turbine generator range extenders and super batteries which is a power system golden combination that will maximize energy conservation and environment protection. The micro-turbine generator range extenders employ the latest aerospace technology, a masterpiece of precise industrial design that helps reduce environmental impact. Hybrid Kinetic Group’s self-developed high energy and high density super batteries feature unique energy recovery capabilities. Compared with conventional clean energy vehicles, HK vehicles boast kinetic energy recovery rate of over 30%, and a range of over 1,000 kilometers. Even if there are more vehicles in the future, the energy consumption pressure would not necessarily rise. Hybrid Kinetic Group’s eco-sustainable principles are in line with and beneficial to the livelihood of people and well-being of society, which will help realize “development in harmony, and harmony for development”.
Eliminating range anxiety and breaking the industry development bottleneck
The key to revitalization of a nation lies in the enhancement of overall national strength and improvement of peoples’ livelihood. But development is often accompanied by environment impact and resource depletion, contradicting the goal of building a harmonious society. Eco-sustainable development is the only viable path towards a nation’s future. However, as one of China’s seven new strategic industries, the development of clean energy automobiles has been plagued by the problem of range anxiety.
HK clean energy vehicles are equipped with micro-turbine generator range extenders that can provide clean electricity to the vehicles and charge the batteries anytime and anywhere, freeing the vehicles from charging stations or facilities. This will fundamentally change the status quo of reliance on charging infrastructure and need for grid support, thus removing the development bottleneck of the clean energy automobile industry.
Facilitating circular economy for social benefits with a far-reaching vision on environment protection
HK clean energy vehicles are equipped with micro-turbine generator range extenders that boast life expectancy of 50,000 hours and maintenance interval of 10,000 hours. The super batteries have a lifespan of 50,000 DOD charging cycles. The long lifespan of range extenders, batteries, and motors allows them to be recycled. This not only lowers cost but also reduces secondary environmental impact, which is the perfect embodiment of Hybrid Kinetic Group’s vision of environment protection.
Benefiting the people with sharing economy through financial innovation
Hybrid Kinetic Group has always placed equal importance on technological development and financial innovation. Core components can be bought back and used in a circular way at the end of vehicle life to avoid resource waste and reduce financial burden for consumers. This is a perfect rendering of “combination of automobile and financial innovation”, and sets an example for sharing economy.
Alleviating pressures on the grid and facilitating eco-sustainable development
As the national GDP grows, supply of electricity faces growing challenges. Building or expanding hydro power, fire power, nuclear power plants or electricity transmission networks seems to be the inevitable solution. HK clean energy vehicles are equipped with super battery systems that can store and recover energy. In “Vehicle to Home” or “Vehicle to Vehicle” modes, HK vehicles can serve as emergency power sources for families and communities or provide charging services to other electric cars, working as a node in the distributed power network. In the “Vehicle to Grid” mode, HK vehicles can provide modulation service to the grid by storing electricity when demand is low and feeding electricity back to the grid when demand is high.