The H600 uses a "Golden Combination" power source to deliver long range and low emission driving

Electric car sales are strengthening in the United States as there’s more vehicles to choose from, prices are more competitive and charging infrastructure improves. EVs are still a ways away from matching the long distance travel capabilities and short refueling times of internal combustion engines. Hybrids have long served as a compromise between the two—gas engine for distance and electric for low speeds—to save fuel and reduce emissions. A new concept from a collaboration between Italian design studio Pininfarina and Hong Kong-based transportation company Hybrid Kinetic Group bring together quick refueling and maximizes zero emission driving range.

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The H600 is a luxury sports sedan concept that debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The design is typical silky Pininfarina style incorporating elegant surfaces and well-proportioned details, maybe except for the front grille. It isn’t too radical in terms of design but what powers this car is.

Hybrid Kinetic Group fitted the H600 with a micro-turbine generator that can recharge the car’s super battery on demand. It is multi-fuel compatible which means it can run off gasoline, diesel, ethanol, natural gas, propane, bio-fuels, and more. The turbine has emission improvements over a traditional internal combustion engine hybrid and even pure EV’s.

H600’s emission of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon, nitrogen oxide, and particle matter is only 2.5%, 11.7%, 36.6% and 77.4% of the ICE vehicles, respectively. Even when compared with pure electric vehicles that use coal-generated electricity, H600’s emission of sulfide, nitrogen oxide, and particle matter is only 0.17%,0.67% and 50% of the latter, respectively (note that a typical coal power plant emits 272 grams of particle matter when generating one kWh of electricity).

The advantages of the system in the H600 for drivers are time and distance. The H600 doesn’t rely on a plug-in charging network as all the electric power is generated within the vehicle. HKG estimates the H600 could have a range of over 1,000km or more than 621 miles.

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The H600 can be plugged in for workday or overnight charging, the car can also function as an emergency electricity generator for either a home or another electric car. The H600 can also support a local electric grid by sharing power from its super battery back in times of peak demand.

Pininfarina, Hybrid Kinetic Group

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Micro-Turbine Concept

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Electric car sales are strengthening in the United States as there’s more vehicles to choose from, prices are more competitive and charging infrastructure improves. EVs are still a ways away from matching the long distance travel capabilities and short refueling times of internal combustion engines. Hybrids have long served as a compromise between the two—gas engine for distance and electric for low speeds—to save fuel and reduce emissions. A new concept from a collaboration between Italian design studio Pininfarina and Hong Kong-based transportation company Hybrid Kinetic Group bring together quick refueling and maximizes zero emission driving range.