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Old 12-20-2010, 11:07 AM   #9 (permalink)
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For me the use of a hybrid system is as much about optimizing the 2 power sources as it is being an EV

The EV drive line will weigh about 200lb in the trike and should yeild an electric only range of about 50 miles. It will be capable of the full range of speed between 0mph and 70mph

The diesel alone will not. It will have only a centrifigual clutch and one gear rendering it useful only for speeds of 50 to about 75

So on the one hand I think of the ev stuff as a "transmission" for the diesel (that happens to be able to drive the car for 50 miles at a clip ;-)
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