2018 Techrules Ren
In the race to offer the latest and greatest hybrid performance technology, Chinese-based startup Techrules is taking a different approach. Rather than matching a piston-driven internal combustion engine with electric power to eke out every last pony possible, Techrules has decided to employ diesel-powered turbines to juice the motors that drive the wheels. The result is something Techrules is calling a series-hybrid diesel powertrain, and believe it or not, it’s slated for production in 2018. Techrules’ will offer this innovative technology in its very first production vehicle – the Ren. The name is an allusion to the Chinese core value of humanity and kindness, which makes sense given the car’s surprising efficiency. However, the big draw here (beyond the wild new powertrain tech, that is) is the Ren’s futuristic, aerospace styling and four-figure output. If all goes according to plan, the Ren should be one of the quickest production vehicles on the planet.
Of course, all things considered, that’s a pretty big “if.” The hybrid supercar segment isn’t exactly kind to newcomers, and considering the crazy new technology promised by the Ren, you could say the deck is stacked against Techrules’ favor. Nevertheless, progress is being made, with the Ren making its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, followed by an appearance at the Concorso d’Eleganza in May at Lake Como in Italy. Read on for the details of what to expect should this thing hit the market.
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2016 Techrules AT96 TREV
The Geneva Auto Show always serves as a home for some interesting concept cars, and this year one of the most interesting concepts comes from a company called Techrules. Techrules is a China-based research and development company that is apparently looking to rewrite the electric-car rulebook with its AT96 and GT96 TREV electric supercars. As a short explanation, the car’s use a micro-turbine as an onboard generator to charge the car’s battery packs. If this sounds familiar, it should – we saw a similar technology back in 2010 at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the 2010 Jaguar C-X75.
According to Techrules, the TREV, which stands for “turbine-recharging electric vehicle,” can be designed to run on a number of different fuels like aviation kerosene, biogas, and nature gas, to name a few. Aside from this somewhat unique take on battery recharging and range extension, the AT96 concept itself is pretty wild looking and well worth taking a good look at. According to Techrules, this puppy can achieve 1,569 mpg under plug in operation.
Chances are we’ll never see this particular concept, and its technology as it is, ever make it into production, but according to Techrules, the plan is to build its own low-volume supercar within the next few years. A few years after that, it plans to begin production of higher-volume city cars. Oddly enough, a development prototype of a TREV supercar started testing just last month on the Silverstone race circuit in the U.K.
So, now that you can see how interesting and potentially game changing the technology in the AT96 TREV is, let’s take a much closer look at it.
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