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Old 09-11-2012, 12:35 AM   #76 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Shepherd777 View Post
We have decided that the new truck will be electromotive power. A Cummins diesel engine powering a generator powering hub motors. No tranny or differential. Not a hybrid, no batteries. Batteries are not mature and cost too much, especially for a Class 8 truck. We are designing the truck with a battery bay so they will hopefully be plug-n-play when low (lower?) cost batteries become available.
This sounds so flipping awesome. It seems to me you're suggesting a diesel-electric train that runs on the road... Offering higher efficiency with the flexibility offered by the highway system.

I am curious though, what are you doing about that glaring gap between the back of the cab and the front of the trailer? I would think any solution would have to be flexible for driving conditions, and easily disconnected when swapping trailers etc.
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