It’s the fear that an electric vehicle has insufficient range to reach its destination and would thus strand the vehicle’s occupants. The term, which is primarily used in reference to battery electric vehicles (BEVs), is considered to be one of the major barriers to large scale adoption of all-electric cars so we thought, why not use our compact generator as a backup, just in case the battery starts to run down a bit too fast.
What’s needed is the security that comes from having a backup power source in the form of Enginuity’s high-power generator delivering the power you need to get you home safely.
Why do I need a range extender? Beyond the standard range limitation of electric vehicles, some common conditions such as winter cold can dramatically further reduce the range available to the driver. In those situations, a range extender that would recharge the battery would be very helpful, even essential.
How much will it cost? Enginuity is working with our suppliers on getting the cost of the unit down as far as possible. Fortunately, our engine’s simple design makes construction a snap so Enginuity’s range extender should fall into the ‘very affordable’ category.
Does having an engine in my electric car defeat the purpose? Electric cars are coming on fast, but there just aren’t enough charging stations in place yet, so range extenders can play a critical role in deploying electrical cars faster by resolving one of the major challenges to their purchase.