[ausev] convert my dodge ram 4x4 1500
johnfm101 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 22 18:24:01 GMT 2008
My old conversion used to have a setup like this. It had a Honda 2000
watt generator hooked up to the 20amp charger (to supplement the
pack), it would rev up and down depending on current draw. It gave an
extra boost in range, but was incredibly inefficient. Most generators
of that type are not that efficient and to power the car completely
your going to need at least something on the order of 10k watts.
Voltage doesn't factor that much into it, most generators have 220V or
110V ratings already capable of doing this. It's really the power
rating of the generator and the charge current rating of the charger
or whatever you plan to connect the generator to.
On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 11:29 AM, Jim Watson <osious at gmail.com> wrote:
> I bet you guys have already thought about this. So let me bounce this off of
> I have been thinking about buying a generator with enough juice to power an
> electric motor for my big truck. All this talk about a 40 hp bus and train
> motors just makes me wonder. I think a generator that produces 220V is small
> enough to fit in the engine compartment. I don't think a 220V Gen would be
> big enough either. I am new to car converting so I am unsure of the voltages
> required. I think it is more like around 400 - 500 volts (460V ??)
> I wonder if there is some sort of throttle controller out there that would
> control the speed or output of the generator, that would only allow the
> generator to produce just the power that the electric motor needed for the
> desired speed of the vehicle. I am toying with the idea of leaving the
> transfer case and tranny in it. I need to do some research on generators to
> see. Depending on the motor and generator I may be able to make the truck
> more torque-y and or powerful. I think the transfer case and transmission
> have hydraulic lines that run to the engine for gear changing. The current
> tranny is auto. This makes things even more difficult.
> I read that some one saw a SUV in Florida, it was pulling a trailer with a
> generator on it chugging away. They said that it was complete with a huge
> wire running from the Gen. to the Vehicle. If the Generator needs to be so
> big that it needs a whole trailer then it is not worth it. Plus it looks
> stupid. (then it WOULD be a train) hahahaha Then I would stick with
> converting to pure electric. As much as I hate using gas in a conversion it
> still seems like an interesting idea for a big truck.
> Any ideas,..
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