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Has anybody ever had the idea of building a Diesel/Electric Powerstroke?
Much like a diesel electric locomotive, Large Alternator bolted directly to the back of the engine block, Large electric wheel motors mounted to a carriage that takes the place of the rear axle. I can think of a lot of benefits to this. Better mileage, Max torque at all rpms, No tranny or other driveline losses, and best of all Brutal HP numbers. I wonder what it would take to make this possible?

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I wonder what it would take to make this possible?

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i know VW was designing a diesel hybrid that was going tog et around 90mpg.. not sure when its coming out though


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post #5 of 12 Old 02-09-2009, 05:03 PM
Is it even worth it???



 
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That is an interesting concept.

Another thing that could come into play, is that the alternators would not necesarily need engines as large as are currently installed in our trucks.

Think about the possibilities in weight savings... for example, swapping a 4bt Cummins in place of it's heavier 6bt brother, with no loss of performance.

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i know VW was designing a diesel hybrid that was going tog et around 90mpg.. not sure when its coming out though
Id be happy with the 60mpg that they are already getting

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That is an interesting concept.

Another thing that could come into play, is that the alternators would not necesarily need engines as large as are currently installed in our trucks.

Think about the possibilities in weight savings... for example, swapping a 4bt Cummins in place of it's heavier 6bt brother, with no loss of performance.
And then add thee extra weight of the drive motor(s) vs. standard drive train

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That is an interesting concept.

Another thing that could come into play, is that the alternators would not necesarily need engines as large as are currently installed in our trucks.

Think about the possibilities in weight savings... for example, swapping a 4bt Cummins in place of it's heavier 6bt brother, with no loss of performance.
Im evil though, i want to keep the Big boy 7.3 and install 2 MASSIVE motors. I imagine 1000whp wouldnt be too hard to do on a stock 7.3.


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Plus the coolest part would be smokin the hell outa dodges with stock motor and not telling them about your Secret. Pop the hood and everything looks stock!
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MONEY.....HAve you seen the price of copper these days? And guess what happens to be in an electric motor. Not to mention the extensive amount of fab work, licensing, DOT crap....I don't think it's worth the trouble. And with an alternator and motors of that size, you may be pushing your GVWR into CDL range.

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