Capstone Working on Micro-Turbine Heavy Hybrid
Capstone Turbine Corporation is working with domestic heavy-duty truck manufacturers Kenworth and Peterbilt to demonstrate Class 7 and Class 8 microturbine range-extended series hybrid trucks.
Capstone has said it is working with both Kenworth and Peterbilt to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of Capstone's CARB-certified C65 microturbines as an on-board power source for extending the range series hybrid electric trucks. The Capstone MicroTurbine serves as an onboard battery charger, enhancing range, providing added power for air conditioning and consistent acceleration, Capstone says.
The need for daytime battery charging or swapping is eliminated. At night, hybrid-electric vehicles can plug into the local grid, recharging when electric rates are at their lowest. This functionality makes the total fuel cost significantly lower than a conventional diesel or natural gas vehicle. Further, maintenance costs are reduced since the microturbine is air-cooled and uses no oil.
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