By Andrew Liszewski
It looks like a rather sporty version of an ATV, but the Bioracer concept from the Swedish Precer Group is actually a proof of concept that the company’s biomass-based powerplants can power more than just a building. The vehicle’s 16HP electric motor is powered by a “24 to 96 volt, 100 to 400 amp-hour battery pack”, depending on its configuration, which is charged by a Stirling engine running on burning wood pellets. At full capacity the batteries can power the vehicle for up to 3 hours, and every 3 to 6 pounds of burned wood pellets provides enough charge for up to 10 miles of driving. It’s probably not going to supplant the Prius or even the Volt (even with recent revelations) anytime soon, but it’s nice to see alternate energy options being developed.