[ausev] convert my dodge ram 4x4 1500
mkohler at austin.rr.com
Mon Dec 22 22:22:04 GMT 2008
There are several with electric start at Northern Tools. (up to 10kW)
Or for even more power (10-17kW)
Be aware that most of their run times are estimated at ½ loads.
From: ausev-bounces at austinev.org [mailto:ausev-bounces at austinev.org] On
Behalf Of Jim Watson
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2008 4:15 PM
To: AustinEV News Announcements and General Discussion
Subject: Re: [ausev] convert my dodge ram 4x4 1500
I am open to putting something in the bed of the truck. I just saw a 10,000W
13 gl, 9HP, 30A @ 240v. They say it will run for 24 hours.($999.00) That
sounds like it would have way more miles to the gallon than my current
10mile/gal. It would be real cool if there was some sort of auto start that
would start the gen when battery power was getting low. Is there anything
On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 3:17 PM, Mike Seningen (mobile)
<mseningen at austin.rr.com> wrote:
probably hairbrained .... But could you put a small air cooled enigine in
the bed... Maybe a VW beetle engine whose sole purpose is to generate
elctricity for the pack to extend range????
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From: JohnFM <johnfm101 at gmail.com>
Subj: Re: [ausev] convert my dodge ram 4x4 1500
Date: Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:24 pm
To: "AustinEV News Announcements and General Discussion"
<ausev at austinev.org>
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
> I have been thinking about buying a generator with enough juice to power
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> still seems like an interesting idea for a big truck.
> Any ideas,..
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