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Old 07-13-2012, 01:23 PM   #146 (permalink)
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My concept for my plug-in hybrid diesel/electric pickup truck is to use a forklift motor AFTER the transmission.

That way, it's basically direct drive for electric, and still uses the stock transmission for the diesel engine.

It also offers the advantage of using the electric, without thought to what gear you are in, or even whether or not the engine is running.

Of course the downside is that you are stuck with one set gearing for the electric motor, but I plan to make up for that just by using a huge motor! I will also need to add a reversing contactor and leave motor timing at neutral if I want to be able to use the electric to back the truck up.

I'll also be able to use the electric motor to push-start the engine, or use the motor to pull away from traffic lights for advanced engine start/stop use.
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