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Does a Hybrid Need a Special Charger?

by Joe
(Arizona, USA)



I'm thinking of doing a gas/electric hybrid conversion (using a small motorcycle engine to power the charging circuit) - My question is what resources are available out there to research that type of charger?

Hi, Joe -
You don't need a different kind of charger for a hybrid than for an all electric vehicle - but you do need different charging algorithms for different battery chemistries. If you're building a series hybrid, you just get a PFC charger that's appropriate for the battery pack you've got on board.

My favorite resource for battery information, including charging, is Battery University.

Regards,
Lynne


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