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Old 07-14-2010, 07:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by NiHaoMike View Post
Wouldn't it be just a matter of replacing the transfer case with a direct coupling, connect the other driveshaft to a motor, and put the batteries in the back?
I would recommend this route as well. Convert it to RWD, and connect a motor to the front differential. Ideally you could gear it so the electric motor tops out at 55 mph (to keep EV-only acceleration decent) and then disengage the hubs at higher speeds so you don't overspeed your motor. That way, you could run 100% electric around town and in slow-and-go traffic, and still have your engine for highway cruising and "gas-assist."

If you're just doing the "EV with a genny in the bed", don't bother with an engineer. The folks on the EVDL can put that together in their sleep.

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