Designed by AC Propulsion & Alan Cocconi
RXT-G stands for Range Extending Trailer - Generator and
has also been referred to as:
" Range Extender," or
" GenSet " trailers.
These units convert BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) into series hybrid vehicles for long
distance & cross country travel.
AC Propulsion's LongRanger development includes three prototype versions built
between 1992 & 2001 for various applications. Our collection has one
of each development model as referenced below. All of our examples are operational
and representative of range extending technologies of the day.
Our three models include:
The LongRanger I (9kW) - [c1992]
utilized an air cooled B&S ICE. We believe that there are several
examples of this version in existence.
The LongRanger II (17kW) - [c1994]
utilized a 250cc water cooled ICE. We know of only a single
prototype example ever produced..
The LongRanger III (20kW) - [c1998 - 2001]
utilized a 500cc water cooled ICE of which there are three
known examples. Our collection holds the last of the LongRanger III
units, the TMC commissioned prototype for the NiMH Rav4-EV.
Owning to the BEVs "electric first" design, series hybrids are capable of greater
fuel economy when compared to standard OEM parallel hybrid drives;
which, by definition, rely on "ICE first" with an electric boost to ICE operations. We
believe BEV series hybrids are the next logical step to
greater fuel economy.
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