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Hybrid Car: Electric Motor, Gas Generator

by Jody Farra
(Shenandoah, PA)



I've been kicking this problem around about using a gas generator to power an electric motor. I know it does not take you away from oil, but it does give you the 100+ miles to the gallon. What drawbacks would I have if any?

Hi, Jody -
First drawback: Generators are not optimized for pollution control.

Second drawback: Generators are not optimized for noise control.

Third drawback: Wherever you decide to put that generator, you've got to have good ventilation so you don't murder yourself and your passengers.

Other than that, it's a great idea, and you won't be the first person to have done it (check out the third article in "recommended reading", my interview with Alain St. Yves). Go for it!

Regards,
Lynne


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