How It Works

The Stirling Hybrid Electric Vehicle System. SHVTM

Quantum IDC Has Created And Possesses A Paradigm-Changing Technology
In Engine Design And Power Generation.

The Stirling Hybrid Vehicle (SHVTM) is an extended range electric vehicle. Instead of producing electricity at a power plant, electricity is generated on board the vehicle via a Stirling engine connected to a small generator. Additional electricity is created from a dynamic braking system and from the hot exhaust gases leaving the Stirling engine via a thermal electric generator. This electricity powers the vehicle just like a regular all electric vehicle, while excess electricity is stored in a bank of capacitors or batteries.

With the advent of hybrid vehicle technology, it is now possible to replace the internal combustion engine with the far superior Stirling cycle engine. Fuel efficiency is significantly increased, harmful emissions are dramatically cut, and the system can utilize either the global fueling infrastructure already in place or alternative bio-fuel sources

  • The Stirling Heat engine yields more than twice the fuel efficiency of an internal combustion engine.
  • By adding the SHVTM Hybrid system, fuel efficiency doubles again.
  • We now have MORE THAN 4 ½ times the fuel efficiency of a standard internal combustion engine.
  • The Stirling external combustion engine is virtually POLLUTION-FREE, because the external flame burns fuel more completely.

What is a Stirling Heat engine?

The Stirling Engine is an EXTERNAL COMBUSTION “closed cycle regenerative heat engine”.   A HEAT EXCHANGER, which is heated by an EXTERNAL FLAME, heats an internal chamber of constant volume, sealed gas. This causes expansion of the gas in the chamber, which pushes the work piston and drives the flywheel or shaft. Then the gas is driven back to the cooler side of the chamber and the process repeats. THERMODYNAMICS AND HEAT EXCHANGERS: the basic gas laws of physics, whereby the temperature, pressure, and volume of the gas efficiently go through a process causes movement of a piston. Because of the EXTERNAL FLAME, the fuel can combust to completion.


SHVTM Technology

Iconoclastic innovation – SHVTM Technology – “The Stirling/Hybrid package”
  • Space-age re-engineered Stirling Heat Engine, developed by NASA at a cost of over $100 million.
  • Viability of NASA-built Stirling engine, proven with field tests by Military in over 300,000 miles and 10,000 hours.
  • Hybrid technology, field tested with proven components since mid 2,000’s in commercial and passenger vehicles.
  • Unique Software package and algorithms developed and patented by Quantum IDC.
  • Interface mechatronic controls.
  • Unique (patented by Quantum IDC) electrical system generating increased power at a dramatically increased efficiency.
  • Lithium Ion and High-cap battery package which can be replaced as better battery packages become available.
  • California Air Resources Board reviewed via Board Chairman Mary Nichols for the Quantum IDC SHVTM.
  • Testing and verification of performance, efficiencies, and emissions executed by independent testing laboratory Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas.

The Facts

  • 90%+ emissions-free because of EXTERNAL FLAME ENGINE which gives ultra-clean burn of fuels. No muffler or catalytic converter.
  • Ultra-high MPG, Ultra-low emissions, easily exceeds EPA requirements.
  • Greatly extended driving range, 2 ½ times current hybrid vehicles.
  • SHVTM is a “multi-fuel” engine and can utilize a variety of fuel types such as CNG, LPG, E-85, Gasoline, Diesel.
  • Can be manufactured for use in a variety of vehicular sizes and applications.
  • HIGH RELIABILITY. Used in Swedish and Japanese submarines.
  • The exhaust system generates electric power! The waste heat from the exhaust utilizes the Seebeck Effect to convert heat to electricity.
  • Minimal noise pollution (no muffler required).
  • So CLEAN BURNING it can be used in mining and subway technology.
  • Minimal thermal signature.
  • POTENTIAL UNLIMITED! Wide-ranging applications, and sizes. Practically ANYTHING that has an engine can use the Quantum IDC technology! Freight transport, trucks, buses, trams, trains, military, marine, generators, aviation, etc.


  • 4 times more reliable as SHVTM Technology has 50% fewer working parts.
  • Lower maintenance costs, easier to maintain.
  • Extended engine life. Life-span 4 times longer than conventional engines.
  • NO Catalytic converter or muffler needed.

Why Now?

What is the difference between THEN and NOW?


  1. Mechatronics – small mechanical devices controlled by micro-computers now available, allowing creation of Hybrid systems.
  2. The 1980’s era NASA Stirling heat engine could not achieve high Horsepower because of materials weaknesses. Quantum’s use of new materials solves this issue.
  3. The original Stirling engine, and also the NASA version, took several minutes to heat up prior to functioning, making it impractical for vehicular use.  Now we have a Hybrid system with INSTANT start and HIGH PERFORMANCE resulting from Quantum IDC’s computer controls and sophisticated sensors with micro-processors.
  4. NASA did go forward with utilizing the Stirling engine, but in Space! Meanwhile, the USA decided to go Nuclear to power some military ships, while continuing also with diesel engines.