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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!


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