Cyclone Power EC engine in a Chevy Volt would make a fine mix
That concept of a Chevy Volt with an external combustion generator motor has been a scenario in my mind ever since I came across the external combustion steam engine technology of Cyclone Power Technologies (OTCBB: CYPWR). What’s more, the scenario is feasible because the transfer medium is steam.
Right now, General Motors (NYSE: GM) is touting the Chevy Volt as an electric car with a range extender motor. True, that motor runs on gasoline, but it doesn’t have to.
Think about it. While a generator engine merely has to operate at its most efficient speed so as to burn fuel efficiently, the choice of technology can add or detract from its image. It is, after all, merely a power component to drive a generator which recharges the battery pack.
GM already has its generator motor operation at an ideal RPM rate. However, its choice of internal combustion engine is still not as efficient as it could be. Change fuel to natural gas? Sure, but when? GM seems to be basking still in its halo mode for the Volt, while there is much more to accomplish with an already high-tech propulsion system.
Now, I’m quite sure that GM engineering and management staffs are likely counting on so-called “other” efficient engines for the Volt’s future. Then again, a halo car can go years without a major update. While the HCCI engine comes to mind, so does the Scuderi or Tour split-cycle engine technologies. They, however, may be better applied to directly drive a car than a generator; but surely not out of the running.