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Old 05-05-2009, 11:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Put your motor after the trans, and use the trans in neut to remove engine friction from the equation.
The engine can be OFF and the truck will drive under electric power until you decide to use gas. No oiling worries either.
For short trips you would use electric alone and for longer trips you could switch to gas when pack voltage got too low,
Then use the gas engine to charge the batteries while you were on your way to Grandmas house.
Once you reach Grandmas, you then have a full pack to run around town and get the can of cranberry sauce you forgot.

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.
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