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Old 12-18-2009, 12:21 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Starting the ICE

Does anyone know if any of the serial hybrids use some of the energy near the end of the battery charge to run a block heater to warm up the ICE?

I assume you need to cool the traction motors. If you use the ICE coolant system to cool those as well, it would preheat the engine for start up & help to heat the cab reducing the need for electric heating would it not?

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Old 12-18-2009, 01:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hi Don,

Those are all excellent questions, and I'm sure that if we start to see more serial hybrids (like the Volt), we will start to also get helpful refinements like these.
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:44 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Hi Don,

If you don't mind, I'm going to add your ideas to the list I've been working on:

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The edited version appears in my blog, that is linked in my signature.
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I like. Simple, small, looks good.

Anybody else wondering if the 500cc engine is of an air-cooled motorcycle design? It'd save the weight of a radiator, water pump, etc?

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