Principal Investigator

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Srithar Rajoo
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia

ASEAN Co-Investigator

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Japanese Co-Investigator

Prof. Dr. Masayuki OCHIAI
Tokai University

Awarded year



Collaborative Research Program for Common Regional Issues (CRC)


Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


The project aims to design and make a micro gas turbine which can operate on bio-diesel, consequently test the practical viability of using it as range extender in a hybrid-electric vehicle (e-REV). One of the major concerns among drivers of hybrid-to-electric vehicles is the drivability range or commonly known as ˜Range Anxiety™. One solution to ˜Range Anxiety™ is the popular range extended electric vehicles (e-REV) or sometimes referred to as series hybrid. Micro gas turbine is proposed as range extender in an e-REV due to some of its crucial benefits against an internal combustion engine, such as higher power-to-weight ratio, smaller number of moving components, direct coupling without transmission system and most importantly multi-fuel flexibility. The overall application of micro gas turbine as range extender possess multi-dimensional complexities, which makes this project more interesting and if executed successfully will fruit valuable knowledge and technology for ASEAN automotive industry.

Project at glance