Chinese source has published live photos and some technical details about the unusual version of the Geely Emgrand fourth generation. It’s all about its engine, or more precisely, the propulsion system: the white sedan shown in the photo is equipped with a 1.8-liter engine running on methyl alcohol. Thus it does not rotate wheels directly – it is made by an electric motor. Their interaction is mediated by the three-stage transmission DHT PRO.
The wacky scheme is actually quite effective both in terms of ecology (harmful emissions are less than 3% of emissions of a conventional car running on gasoline), and costs (if converted to the gasoline equivalent, the car consumes about 3 liters to cover 100 kilometers).
Apparently, in other respects, such an alcohol-electric hybrid does not differ from the conventional fourth-generation Emgrand in terms of equipment or comfort. It is still unclear whether such a car will be put into production, but Geely has been developing methanol-powered engines for 16 years, so it won’t be a problem to put such a car on stream. Moreover, the company produces about 10,000 methanol-powered cars every year.