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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Gas Can For Your EV

One of the things that people often worry about before they buy their first EV is "What do I do if I run out of charge in the middle of nowhere?" After a couple of months driving an EV, this is generally alleviated.

Way back when gas stations were few and far between, this same concern existed for gas cars and in many cases it was solved with the gas can, known as the jerry can. A Dutch startup called Star Engines wants to bring a similar solution to the burgeoning plug-in vehicle market. They call their idea the Jerr.e.

The Jerr.e is a portable gasoline generator in the familiar shape of a jerry can. It has a patented, small, efficient, light weight, 3D rotary engine. It holds 1.3 gallons of gas and can deliver 30 to 40 additional miles of range.

We have written about range extender trailers before here and here. The trailers have the advantage that they can charge the car as you drive down the road. However, this would require modifications to your car. The Jerr.e has the advantage of being small, portable, and utilizing the charging port that is already on your car.

Star Engines plans to start shipping these in 2016 and they would like to have partnerships with dealers and auto manufacturers so the Jerr.e could be ordered as an accessory when you purchase your next car.

If you are looking for some peace of mind that you can store in your trunk, or have that one annual drive that is iffy for the EV, this is something to consider.

Company's website: http://www.star-engines.com/

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