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Capstone To Launch New Hybrid Electric Car At Los Angeles Auto Show

ABR Staff Writer Published 29 November 2009

Features a Capstone C30 (30-kilowatt) microturbine that runs on diesel or biodiesel

Capstone Turbine has introduced the CMT-380, a hybrid-electric supercar powered by traditional batteries and an untraditional, ultra-low emission, range-extending microturbine.

The prototype hybrid-electric supercar with microturbine technology will debut at the LA Auto Show Dec. 2-13.

Jim Crouse, Capstone's EVP of sales and marketing, said: The sleek-looking, high-performance supercar car definitely raises hybrid's cool factor several levels.

The CMT-380's design performance numbers speak for themselves: 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, 150 mph top speed and an unheard of driving range of up to 500 miles on a single tank of fuel, all with ultra-low exhaust emissions that rival any hybrid on the market today.

Electronic Arts chief creative director Richard Hilleman has developed the concept for the hybrid-electric microturbine vehicle with support from Capstone Turbine.

Capstone and Hilleman's microturbine hybrid supercar features a Capstone C30 (30-kilowatt) microturbine that runs on diesel or biodiesel, which is housed inside a Factory Five Racing GTM body. The Capstone C30 microturbine does not require any exhaust after treatment to meet clean air requirements of the California Air Resources Board or EPA 2010, the company said.

The CMT-380 features lithium-polymer battery cells that can be charged at home or at a public recharging station. While driving, the sports car can operate on 100 percent battery power in zero-emissions mode for a range of up to 80 miles. When the batteries reach a pre-determined state of discharge, the Capstone C30 microturbine quietly fires up and recharges the batteries on the fly to extend the driving range up to 500 miles.

The diesel-fueled C30 microturbine reportedly requires less maintenance than traditional combustion engines and produces ultra-low exhaust emissions.