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Potential of range extender electric vehicles (REEVS)

Veza, I.; Roslan, M. F.; Said, M. F. M.; Latiff, Z. A.

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) is a promising technology. However, it suffers from low range characteristics thus increasing the anxiety to prospect customers and hindering its market penetration. To overcome this challenge, a range extender that can generate additional power to charge the battery could be the solution. This brief review article will highlight the prospects and challenges of range extender technology for electric vehicles. A number of automobile manufacturers have launched their Range Extended Electric Vehicles (REEVs) models and the detailed comparison will be given. Several types of range extenders will be discussed, including the internal combustion engine, microturbine, and fuel cell. Lastly, this report will suggest the use of Low Temperature Combustion (LTC) i.e Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engine be utilised as range extenders for electric vehicles.

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