With the inherent advantages of the rotary engine providing high power to weight ratios in a much more compact and lightweight technology, rotary engines are ideal for use as range extenders.
Until now, rotary engines have been avoided due to concerns over high internal wear, noise, poor efficiency and high emissions. However, AIE’s CREEV technology addresses these issues so that they are no longer a disadvantage when using rotary engines as range extenders.
The overall objective of this project is to successfully refine and scale up for market readiness a novel, high efficiency, low emission, compact rotary engine range extender for electric vehicles. Through application of this innovative technology, CREEV delivers a step-change in range extender technology. Its features will deliver improved range to EVs, providing quiet, compact operation with lower fuel consumption and emissions compared to the existing state of the art.
This project will contribute to the selected work programme topic SMEInst-10-2016-2017 by creating opportunities that will enable the European transport sector to deliver the best products and services.
This project will also directly contribute to Europe’s ability to dramatically reduce Europe's dependence on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050.
Through engagement with clients, we are constantly developing hybrid engine/generation integration technologies for different applications; Automotive, Aerospace, Marine and Power Generation We envisage significant growth in the use of range extender hybrid technologies in transportation and this H2020 project has improved our understanding on packaging such technology and its performance.
Pre-project experimentation shows key benefits to the expander technology.