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Learnings from Future Powertrain Conference Solihull UK 25-26 Feb #tech #news

Series hybrids with a wide choice of range extenders were centre stage with some range extenders based on existing engines promising $1000 factory cost and breakeven at 20,000 units sold yearly and the most expensive - fuel cells costing over $100,000 each to make - having breakeven of over one million a year. We were told that free piston fuel generators as range extenders look exciting but they and all innovative designs need to be designed entirely to purpose, something not happening because hybrid sales are modest and forecasting is difficult so investment money is not there. IDTechEx finds this ridiculous though we see that investors saw no return for billions of dollars put into fuel cell range extenders. Flywheel range extender/ energy harvesters were wrongly portrayed as competing with batteries when their very high power density, unusually long life and typical du...

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