First off, an editorial note.
The truck on the front page is a DAF CF, with its badges
removed. Rheia Automotive does not want to imply it is part
of DAF in any way. Nor does it claim any rights to the CF.
In fact, it could be any range
of other trucks. In the end, Rheia aims to rebuild trucks
with a gas turbine engine. The make and model of these
trucks is a choice to be made at a later date. Therefore the
CF is for illustrative purposes only.
The gas turbine engine. An
engine that was quickly applied to aircraft after the second
World War, but also an engine that has escaped road
trainsport. Until now that is, because Rheia Automotive is
researching the possibility of using a low-cost gas turbine
engine for use in a truck.
Lightweight and an electric
hybrid. That's a combination that doesn't come around too
often, but it is possible with the gas turbine engine. Rheia
aims to learn from past prototypes made by Rover and link
the gas turbine engine to a hybrid driveline to solve
The gas turbine engine used
by Kenworth in the 1950's only weighed 90 kg or 200 lbs.
Even with the electric motor and batteries taken into
account, a truck can expect to save a few hundred kgs, even
up to a metric tonne (2200 lbs). Given the maximum vehicle
combination weight of 40 tonnes, this means that
transportation companies can haul more cargo and make more
order to advance gas turbine technology, it is
important to look at the past. Many truck and car
manufacturers have tried, and failed, to build an
economic gas turbine vehicle. The reasons why these
previous attempt have failed must be discovered in
order to avoid the same pitfalls.
To this end, Rheia Automotive
is composing a historic timeline listing previous
attempt at gas turbine vehicles. If you have any
information you could share please don't hesitate to
contact us at
timeline of vehicles will be public with links to
the information, pictures and videos found online.
We are also hoping to add our own experiences with
these vehicles as we would like to experience them
information about vehicles made in the past - be it
concept vehicles, production vehicles or home-built
cars and trucks - is very valuable to us.
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