The GE engine that’s been under development for years has become a target for a variety of threats, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the Zika virus to climate change.
The company announced Wednesday that it will not release any further details on the development of its next-generation engine, but it is expected to be one of the first to make the jump to electric power.
“We are pleased that the GE engine is finally coming to market, and look forward to bringing it to customers in 2019,” John E. Haines, GE’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.
GE says the engine could replace current engines, and would allow GE to “reinvent the electric vehicle engine.”
It will have the same capacity as an engine of the same displacement and operating frequency, and it could produce up to 2.5 million pounds of thrust.
At least, that’s the company’s hope, given that the current generation engine is only capable of producing 5 million pounds.
If the GE engines do eventually replace existing engines, the biggest impact could be on powertrain reliability.
In the first few months of 2019, the engine’s output is expected as low as 100 horsepower, with the range expected to go from 200 miles to 300 miles, according to the company.
To that end, the company has built a prototype, a prototype-like car, that will be used for testing.
A third-generation, larger engine with higher output is also in the works.
By then, it is likely that GE’s next-gen engine will have a range of about 300 miles.
So, at least in theory, it’s looking good.