ETV Motors claims their recently unveiled proof-of-concept vehicle can run for 50 miles on one charge. Watch their video, courtesy of ISRAEL21c.
The new ETV jet turbine engine generates its own electricity to recharge the battery pack and is different from the Prius and other hybrids (read the pleasure of owning one) because “it’s always electric power that powers the wheels, whereas with the Prius, sometimes it’s electric power, sometimes it’s the energy generated by the pistons,” says Arnold Roth, COO of ETV.
The jet turbine won’t be used to propel the car, but will generate electricity to periodically recharge the battery packs. The engineers at the Israeli company, from the former Soviet Union, were the fathers of the MIG and the Russian jet turbine industry.
With $12 million in investments, ETV Motors, based on the central coast of Israel in Herzliya, recently unveiled a proof-of-concept vehicle that the company claims can run for 50 miles on one charge, reportedly twice as far as other electric hybrid cars in development.