Electric powered vehicles have stake in the future, but models, which can be bought now, have one important handicap: cruising radius. Heavy batteries provide energy for an area of roughly 150 to 180 kilometres, whereupon charging time takes many hours. To solve this problem, different Range Extenders have been developed. These are integrated generators with fuel engine (ICE), which produce electricity to charge the battery, in order that the cruising radius is no longer controlled by the capacity of battery. Viro takes place in a group of experts to develop a Range Extender, that is far in front of all competitors: thee Star Range Extender, short: SREX. The SREX is an invention of Pim Bekking, owner of “Be-Kking Management”. The advantage of the concept is – compared to other Range Extenders – that only one unit exists, in which engine and dynamo parts are integrated.
The SREX offers a high efficiency and is 40% smaller than existing alternatives. Therefor the SREX has a bigger potential in the growth market of Range Extenders. Estimations show, that 2020 between 2% and 10% of all vehicles are electric powered. This means a potential market of 1,7 to 7 million exemplars per year. The development of this break-through-technology will have a large effect on regional, national and international level. Therefor this project will be support with subvention by Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM).
We work together with the TU Eindhoven, Progression Industry und Be-Kking Management on a realisation of a functioning prototype, which will be tested in detail. We work in eight stages, beginning with the drawing and simulation, through prototype by STaR ICE und StaR Dynamo up to integration, tests, re-engineering and finally the analysis. In the end of 2011 the stage of feasibility was finished and it will be clear, if serial production is commercially practicable. All joining parties are enthusiastic, therefor we are positively looking forward in the future.