Suzuki to Build Motorcycle Gas Turbine Hybrid. BY MATT SIEGEL AND RUJUN SHEN Tokyo JapanTue Apr 1, 2014 3:10am EDT Suzuki announced today they are in final design and pilot run manufacturing of the first Serial Hybrid Gas Turbine motorcycle. To be known as the HG16T, the Serial Hybrid system couples a permanently connected electric 150kW (200hp) electric drive to a micro gas turbine. The motorcycle can run on battery only starting the Microturbine once the batteries drops below 30% charge or under heavy acceleration. The gas turbine has no direct connection with the motorcycle drive train instead coupling to a variable frequency alternator. The alternator directly charges the battery and provides electricity to the primary electric drive. High capacity Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries are being used to provide a 100km range before the microturbine needs to start. Energy is also recovered from the braking system in a two stage system of electric regenerative braking and then conventional disk brakes. The turbine is designed to run on a wide variety of fuels including vegetable oils and ethanol based fuels and will provide a 250 - 350 km range depending on the calorific value of the fuel used. Fill up and you are away again without waiting for a charge. The engine control manages the drive system and battery charging to keep the bike always ready to go. Suzuki's Senior Manager Kenichi Ayukawa stated in their press release "We have been looking at a number of alternative fuels and drive train structures and are confident the Serial Hybrid concept will offer high performance, long range and fuel agnosticism. As fuel costs rise all manufacturers need to look at alternatives and we are very excited at the combination of Micro Gas Turbines, electric motors and high capacity batteries. These technologies have come of age and we will begin to deliver the first of these bikes into the market in first quarter 2015." The motorcycles are being assembled at Suzuki's Takatsuka Plant.