According to the latest reports, it appears that Jaguar Land Rover is co-developing a micro gas turbine in order to charge batteries in hybrid cars on the move. The system, dubbed Ultra Lightweight Range Extender (ULRE), is developed by companies with government backing.
The axial-flow gas turbine engine is developed by Bladon Jets, a company based in Isle of Man, and coupled to a high-speed generator using technology developed by UK firm SR Drives.
What Jaguar Land Rover wants is to apply this technology on its upcoming hybrid electric vehicles and it seems that this axail-flow technology will enable them to produce highly efficient and small gas turbine engines. [via autocar]