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Old 02-04-2012, 09:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wow, I never thought to go into business selling $240 cords after I made a 220>110 cord out of an old dryer cord and an outlet box. *smacks forehead*
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Wow, I never thought to go into business selling $240 cords after I made a 220>110 cord out of an old dryer cord and an outlet box. *smacks forehead*
Whats worse is the Leafs plug in forces you to use something rediculous like that cable.
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I like the idea of a towed gennie, but a 30K dollar turbine?

Until prices come down, turbines are out of the equation.

Are reasonably priced turbines a possibility? Or will they always be expensive due to the need to use parts made of unobtanium?

I would like to see a similar trailered generator made using a midsized motorycle engine. It should make plenty power and not weigh all that much more than a turbine.
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Are reasonably priced turbines a possibility? Or will they always be expensive due to the need to use parts made of unobtanium?

I would like to see a similar trailered generator made using a midsized motorycle engine. It should make plenty power and not weigh all that much more than a turbine.
Working on portable gas turbines is my job.
Turbines are expensive due to material, labor and insurance costs.
Ebay: Inconel and hastalloy to get an idea of the costs.
Those are the alloys that make up the outer case and high speed moving parts.
There is no compairing the cost of gas turbines to say computers and cell phones.

Also search "EV pusher trailer".
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Better alternative to the Chevy Volt

As somebody who lives in the city, but needs to travel 200 miles four times a year... I had thought of this concept before, albeit with a regular gas engine, not a turbine.
There is one big advantage compared to a plain EV: range!
And, there are also big advantages compared to a ER-EV like the Volt:
-reduced complexity of the vehicle itself
-reduced weight of the vehicle (no need to carry your gas engine around when you don't need it)
-might be quieter than having the engine in the car, and therefore it could run at constant rpm without annoying "the average consumer"

Now, if a company started making those trailers using optimized gas engines like the one Lotus designed (very light, simple technology, durable, optimized for efficiency) {see Lotus Designs Extended Range Electric Crate Engine} there would be 0 reasons why you can't have an EV as your primary and only vehicle!!!!
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Good for lotus, they invented the gasoline generator.
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I like the idea of a towed gennie, but a 30K dollar turbine?

Are reasonably priced turbines a possibility? Or will they always be expensive due to the need to use parts made of unobtanium?

I would like to see a similar trailered generator made using a midsized motorycle engine. It should make plenty power and not weigh all that much more than a turbine.
You do not need a turbine to go, nor do you need one that can power your 3000lb non-aero car at 85mph either.

There are lower cost turbines, you find them salvage at govliquidation.com, similar to what the guy with the turbine powered humvee did.

Be aware that the learning curve and tooling is steep.
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Turbine this turbine that:
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ufdah, that ain't light and it omits critical data like 10kwh per gallon or GPH @ % load info

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