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Old 07-31-2008, 02:31 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by steensn View Post
This has to be crap. Why would you use alternator power to assist the gas engine. You are taking energy through 4 transitions with all the losses involved to throw it back inas an electric assist. If you power it from a second battery you charge... it MIGHT work for acceleration but it will never work for steady state highway driving. You car will still burn the same amount of fuel no matter what speed you are going if you have the transmission engaged to the wheels and engine.
I agree, but what IF you used a turbo alternator. This has yet to hit mainstream but it would work. However, i'd lose the belts and go with direct drive, which means more expensive motors etc. but it's a step in the right direction. I like it.
In order to reach a solution that works, we'll have to endure lots that won't.

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