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Old 01-28-2010, 06:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Piwoslaw View Post
The idea isn't bad, but I think the ICE from the donor car would be too big. Instead of a heavy 50-60kW engine, you may want to find a much smaller 10-20kW diesel engine. The reason you want a diesel is efficiency. There is no need to use a gasser if it's going to rev only at a single rpm.
Even better, salvage an APU from a small corporate jet. Small and light weight, APUs are designed to charge batteries and could run on bio-diesel. Problem is even a salvaged APU would be a budget buster.
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