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Now this really is different!

Jaguar is developing a jet-electric vehicle which uses a micro jet turbine to charge an electric battery, as opposed to drive the car.
The Jaguar C-X75 can sprint from standing to 100km (62 miles) per hour in just 3.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 330km/h (205mph).
It can run on battery power producing zero emissions for about 110km (68 miles) using four electric 145kW (195 brake horsepower) motors, each one driving each wheel.
Then, the C-X75’s range can extend to 900km (540 miles) on a single 60-litre tank by firing up two super-efficient, micro gas turbines to generate the extra electric power for the batteries - with minimal emissions of 28g/km of carbon dioxide.

Apparently these micro-jets are about the size of a shoe-box and can produce much more power than its size would suggest. Just think what could be achieved by installing them in a small car. 1000mpg anyone?
http://www.bladonjets.com/news/jet-engine-maker-aims-to-power-the-future/
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They may be powerful but they'll be incredibly noisy.
Can you imagine being woken up at 5am by your neighbour starting up his tornado jet sounding jaguar? - Sure it would be cool for a few days but after that pretty annoying once the batteries are knackered.
That said, the car industry has been responsible for a lot of technological advancements over the years so maybe they'll find a way to silence turbines that may catch on in the aerospace industry.
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Re: Now this really is different!

there's no news like old news
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/8/newsid_2516000/2516271.stm

and Ford UK did have the Ford Truck over here in the 70's
http://www.turbinecar.com/mags/R-T1972.htm
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It's not a jet-driven vehicle, it's electric, powered by a battery. Nothing like those vehicles. All the jet does is charge the battery. And apparently the noise is no worse than a modern car.
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Yes I got that but that is the point.. what happens if you have a flat battery at 5am.. or 10 years down the line when the batteries are knackered.
Batteries in battery powered cars cost thousands of pounds. At 4-5 years old when they're becoming knackered and the value of the car has depreciated, who is going to honestly invest £4k in new batteries after paying £thousands for it? - It's just not going to happen is it. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to see batteries take over but the cost of replacement is going to be a very big problem.
How many cars do most people buy knowing that they need to buy a new engine for £3k before they can use it? - Unless you've more money than sense, very few.
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Battery costs are forecast to halve by 2016 and keep on reducing dramatically as development proceeds.
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If true, that would certainly be a mssive benefactor but still a pita for many folks. Still, if they can get this technology right, it would make a huge difference.
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Of course Rover made a gas turbine car. Here's one for gas turbine engined buses too.
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