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Old 01-28-2015, 02:36 PM   #25 (permalink)
Karmann Eclectric
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I have both a generator trailer and a pusher trailer (based on an aircooled VW). The pusher is great for long highway trips, but on sub-100 mile journeys where it would only serve to prevent one fast-charge session in my i-MiEV, it is on balance, impractical. Driving the pusher is fun- it turns the MiEV into a vehicle with some serious passing power on the highway, having doubled the power available! I'm working on refinements, as binary control (WOT vs lugging a dead engine at speeds under 30 mph and when stopping/starting) is inefficient and yeilds a a blended city/hwy mpg of only 20.
My genset trailer charges the Karmann Eclectric at 4 kW, which only extends highway range by about 15 minutes/15 miles, but it does enable continuous recharging while crawling through traffic or stopped somewhere that has no EV charging options...

An automatic-transmission Metro drivetrain could make a very good EV pusher, but I built with what I know best and had on hand.
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 112 MPGe
2000 Honda Odyssey
1987 F250 Diesel, 6.9L IDI, goes on anything greasy
1983 Grumman Kurbwatt, 170 kW "Gone Postal" twin
1983 Mazda RX-7 electric, 48 kW car show cruiser
1971 VW Karmann Ghia electric, 300 kW tire-smoker
1965 VW Karmann Ghia cabriolet, 1600cc
Have driven over 100,000 all-electric miles!
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