LENR Cars is a site that has recently appeared with the stated goal of “developing a zero emission car, self sustained in terms of energy for at least 40,000 km.” The project is headed by entrepreneur and engineer Nicolas Chauvin who is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The site, which is still ‘under construction’, explains that the plan is to adapt an existing electric vehicle — the Tesla Model S Performance — and make into an EV powered by LENR reactors. In Stage 1 of the project, an onboard LENR reactor will power the existing battery using thermoelectric energy conversion ; Stage 2 calls for “an onboard LENR generator to remove most of the battery storage currently needing [sic] in an EV.”
According to the site, the preference is to use Defkalion GT’s 45kW Hyperion reactor as the basis for the LENR powered cells they hope to develop.
It’s not at all surprising to see this kind of project appear. As people start to accept that LENR technology is viable and can provide practical levels of energy, entrepreneurs like Chauvin with vision and ambition will try to develop products that will be attractive and useful to consumers. I am sure this is not the first project of its kind that we will be seeing. In time I think it is very likely that major auto companies will be working on similar ideas.
Andrea Rossi has stated that he believes it will take decades before his technology will be able to be used in automobiles, but this does not seem to be a view shared by LENR Cars. They say, “Our vision is simple: Nothing is impossible!”
LENR Cars were presenters at the recent International Low Energy Nuclear Reactions Symposium in Williamsburg, Virinia (ILENRS 12) and here is the slide show they used: http://lenrnews.eu/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/LENR_CARS_NChauvin_ILENRS-12x.pdf