Founder says company is not a battery-exclusive company
Says new tech could allow making electricity from liquid fuel
Electric supercar builder Rimac’s next supercar might not be electric. The EV brand’s boss has said that the automaker is looking into using liquid fuels like diesel, though in a very new way.
The company boss and founder told the site that the idea is to use nanotubes to superheat liquid fuels that would then generate electricity. Doing so could replace the battery in an electric driveline. He said that the company had identified a startup that was experimenting with the tech.
Rimac said that CO2 would still result, but that it would be significantly less than from burning fuel. The startup’s tests suggested 80 percent efficiency, versus 30 percent for internal combustion. In addition to diesel, hydrogen or liquified petroleum gas could be used.
The tech would allow for reduced emissions and substantial weight savings. Rimac said that this would be especially good for sports cars, where weight has more importance than in typical vehicles. While Rimac did not mention the benefit, it could also help eliminate charging times, allowing an EV to top up as quickly as any other diesel car.