Do people know about the new Hybrid Electric/Diesel Motors coming our way!?

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 10:32
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Its here! This technology will send us stampeding to the nearest dealer for a dodgy trade deal on our horseless carts so we can have a piece of it. Think - massive torque, outrageous fuel consumption, massive permanent power supply for toys etc, quiet operation and low emissions (I know this site is packed with tree huggers).
Oh, if your worried about reliability - think locomotives, trains, buses and fleet as the first market.
Its all over the net, already happening - was just reading about buses and fords transit van.
can anyone expand on this??
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Reply By: phil - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 17:24

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 17:24
There are a lot of very interesting technologies in the wings just waiting.

Hybrid is most likely to be seen here in any quantity in cars, think Toyota Prius, Honda ??? It is best used where there is a lot of stop/start and variable load driving. Hybrid vehicles do not show much benefit in continuous load applications, such as long distance driving in Australia.

Another technology we will see very soon is 36 volt electrical systems. These will allow most engine driven accessories, such as water pump, A/C compressor, even valve gear to be electrically powered with considerable mechanical simplification and, hopefully, increased reliabilty. They will probably be powered by an alternator/motor built as part of the flywheel. This will also allow instantaneous, silent starts and short term power boosts. Sort of partial hybrid. 12 volt electrical systems are running out of capacity in some vehicles and are also less efficient than higher voltage systems.

Food for thought.

Phil I
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Follow Up By: Member - Camper (SA) - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 19:58

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 19:58
Wacko so no fanbelts to break eh?
I guess it is more effcient to generate power to run the accessory motors rather than run belts?
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Reply By: Savvas - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 19:21

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 19:21
Do you realise the Toyota Prius electric motor has 400Nm of torque?

Most diesel/electric trains are already hybrids. Big diesel motors driving big generators which power electric motors on the bogies.
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Reply By: Michael - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 07:33

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 07:33
Some mob is also working on running diesels on LPG, apparently works ok,,,,,,
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