VENTURA, CA â€šÃ¢â‚¬â€œ ThinGap Automotive, a majority-owned subsidiary of ThinGap LLC, today announced the Turbo Generator, a subsystem for increasing fuel economy of mass-produced vehicles by generating electrical energy from vehicle exhaust gases before being emitted into the atmosphere. The company expects significant fuel savings in the US and European fuel economy test cycles and all other vehicle operating modes as well.
The Turbo Generator directly increases vehicle fuel economy by a variety of methods, including:
—Supplying electric power to the vehicleâ€šÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s electrical system, allowing for use of smaller alternators or no alternators
—Driving engine accessories electrically that are currently crankshaft driven (e.g. water pump, power steering pump and air conditioning compressor) without increasing the alternator size
—Directly driving the flywheel motor of semi-hybrid vehicles
—Supplementing the energy supply to the battery system of full hybrid vehicles, thereby reducing the required on-time for the internal combustion engine
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