Mike Chino

Capstone Unveils Hybrid SuperCar Propelled by a Jet Turbine

by , 12/01/09

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Capstone Turbine is set to blow through the boundaries of conventional hybrid electric vehicles with its recently unveiled CMT-380 supercar. Set to debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, the prototype hybrid can hit 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds, has a range of 580 miles, and is propelled in part by an ultra-clean and quiet jet engine. That’s right, a JET ENGINE.

sustainable design, green design, microturbine vehicle, electric vehicle, sustainable transportation, hybrid supercar, Capstone CMT-380

Microturbine manufacturer Capstone developed the CMT-380 in partnership with Electronic Arts Chief Creative Director Richard Hilleman. The vehicle features an electric power train that can propel the car for 80 miles without using a drop of gas – that’s double the battery mileage of most hybrids, including the Chevrolet Volt.

After it runs out of juice the CMT-380 kicks on a diesel-fueled microturbine that can carry the vehicle for an additional 500 miles. According to Capstone Turbine, the turbine is so efficient that it doesn’t require any exhaust treatment to meet air requirements set by the California Clean Air Resources Board and the EPA.

The vehicle is currently at the concept stage and production plans have not been made – according to Capstone President and CEO Darren Jamison, “The Capstone CMT-380 is a fun hybrid car with tremendous performance. Although it is not in Capstone’s business plan to start manufacturing complete cars, the limited production CMT-380 and Langford Whisper hybrid demonstration vehicle are intended to showcase the technology and demonstrate value proposition of microturbines as electric vehicle range extenders“.

+ Capstone Turbine

Via Cnet

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4 Comments

  1. mike9t June 17, 2010 at 10:48 am

    firstly, small and light sportscars like the tesla need less batteries for the same range than a big heavy passenger car.

    Also the type of people who can afford them right now usually own plenty of different vehicles. The vehicles they spend the most money on they want to enjoy and show off and who wants to show off their unsporty passenger car?

  2. rxdxt December 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I’m quite intrigued, though it will take more than a sexy package to tempt me from my Tesla. BTW – family cars are next, but like all technologies you need early adopters to help test the mold.

  3. alexjameslowe December 1, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I always wondered what Shakira would look like if she were a car… now I know.

  4. WBrooke December 1, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    This car is really sexy, but how about something that can handle groceries and a baby seat? How about a car that car be driven in the snow?

    I know this is a proof-of-technology platform, but it seems like the only electric cars being produced are sports cars of limited practical use. If these cars are actually going to become mainstream, they have to put the technology in a package for families.

    Love the idea of using a micro-turbine!

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