I want to convert a Class 8 rig to a hybrid, with a 50kw diesel charging the batteries or running the motor(s) directly. Do you think this is possible?
Hi, John - Yes, it's possible, because here is the proof in the video (I don't know about the 50kw generator part, this one looks like a parallel hybrid). It is amazing how much low-speed torque it has under the electric motor's power, and then it just smoothly shifts back into diesel operation over 20 mph.
Unfortunately, I don't know where you'd get parts for this now (in 2018) or how much it would cost. There are a ton of OEMs working on this right now, including Tesla, of course.
If anyone hears of a company selling a retrofit kit for this, please let us all know!