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Old 02-05-2012, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sadow is part of a growing group of savvy enthusiasts who are eager to improve upon whatever alternative-fuel vehicles auto manufacturers can produce. In many ways, this brainy group of renegades are not unlike the garage-based computer geeks who, in the early days of the PC, hacked around in an effort to find more efficient ways for the machines to run.
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The Capstone turbine is not very efficient. Also it costs as much as the car.
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I was thinking that same thing.

Wouldn't it be a better setup to have a diesel-powered generator running WVO or biodiesel?
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I'm wondering if it was done due to weight considerations? Or maybe because Sadow wanted something "clean" burning. If the former, the weight would probably be inconsequential compared to the aerodynamics.

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If you all regard a Capstone Turbine as a "leaf blower" in them thar parts, I'da like to apply for a gah'denin position...
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I was thinking that same thing.

Wouldn't it be a better setup to have a diesel-powered generator running WVO or biodiesel?
Even a small block chevy would be more efficient.
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I'm wondering if it was done due to weight considerations? Or maybe because Sadow wanted something "clean" burning. If the former, the weight would probably be inconsequential compared to the aerodynamics.

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Capstone turbines aren't exactly cheap nor do they fall off the backs of trucks. I'm guessing he has a promotional deal with Capstone in exchange for the turbine. He certainly doesn't need a 30kw generator to keep the Leaf rolling down the highway. That company has been burning investor money for over a decade. Their air bearing technology is novel and thats about it.

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