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Old 03-13-2008, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Automatic alternator cut out/regen braking

If the alternator produces parasitic drag when the field windings are powered up, but its not really needed to charge the battery, how about this for an idea?

A smart controller that cuts the power to the alternator's field windings in normal cruise or accel conditions, thus removing the electrical load on the engine caused by the alternator.
When decelerating (0% pedal and no fuel injected so 0% duty cycle) the alternator is switched back on and charges the battery at a high current, thus providing more braking effect.

If the battery voltage gets too low the controller can switch the alternator back in until its within a reasonable range again.

Any thoughts?

1997 Citroen AX 1.1i SPI
2003 Ford Focus 1.8 Tdci estate
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