CREEV mated to a Prius? Engineering question..

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  1. Andrew Lechien

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    I am not new to hybrid or electric vehicle technology but I do have a few engineering questions for anyone that could possibly answer any of them. I was wondering if anyone (read individual or company) has successfully been able to mate a Wankel style engine into a hybrid vehicle or into an electric vehicle to be used as a range extender type application. I am very interested in the science of this type of application if anyone has any information or article that are out there. Thanks!

    P.S. If I posted this in the wrong thread I apologize..

    As an edit to this post I provide this link. This is the most current information I can find.
    horizon-2020 | Advanced Innovative Engineering (UK) Ltd
     
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    Not Wankel, but the BMW i3-REx has had a gasoline range extender for many years. @bwilson4web here has one.
     
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    Yeah I've seen two of those up close. I work at Borg Warner as a Hybrid Test Technician and two of our engineers here at work have them. The BMW models run on the same concept as the Prius Prime. I was interested in an application that would use a more energy efficient power source to charge the batteries and run off of electricity using less fuel.
     
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    Wankels aren't exactly known for efficiency and emissions. Their main benefit for a range extender is in NVH and taking up less space.
     
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    Actually they do not. The engine in the Prime helps propel the vehicle. The small range extender engine in the BMW just runs a generator to add charge to the traction battery. At least up until recently it was the only range extended BEV in the US.
     
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