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Turn Any Car into a Plug-In Hybrid for $3,300

Toyota (Prius) and GM (the Volt and the Vue) seem to be in a race as to who will provide the first mass-produced plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The backfit market is building, with options coming to market for plug-in conversions for existing hybrids. But what about the 10s of millions of try it prescription cialis normal, internal combustion engines out there? Is there any hope for them?

If Poulsen Hydrid is to be believed, the answer is try it generic cialis soft tabs a resounding YES.The Poulsen Hybrid Power Assist System "creats a PHEV by retrofitting electric motors, DC motor controllers, storage batteries and an on-board charger to a conventional new or used automobile." The electric system would be used for maintaining speed, after acceleration.

The development is based on the observation that only 10-15 horsepower is required to propel a compact or mid-size automobile along a level road at a steady 60-70 mph. leading to the conclusion that this relatively small amount of electric power would be able to cope with 70-85% of normal driving, only aided by the combustion engine during start up and when extra energy is required for acceleration and hill climbing.

The systems puts hybrid electric motors on the outside of the female levitra pills rear wheels with an onboard charger. The system is expected to debut on the market next month. $3300 for purchase and $600 for "professional installation".

Mark me intrigued but questioning. For example,

  • This system doesn't have regenerative braking, thus one is simply trading the cost of gasoline for electricity. At $4000, a break even point comes well after saving 1000 gallons of gasoline. Thus, how much gasoline is really saved as this system basically moves the ICE to idling while the electricity handles acceleration.
  • The addition of this system outside the car will increase wind drag. A meaningful amount? Don't know.
  • Also, some basic safety questions must arise. What are the implications for adding these systems outside the car?

But we're still pretty intrigued with this ingenious approach to tackling the challenges of the huge existing fleet of bestellen levitra online internal combustion engine vehicles and moving miles from gasoline to electricity.

Widespread adoption of PHEVs can reduce GHG emissions from vehicles by more than 450 million metric tons annually in 2050 – equivalent to removing 82.5 million passenger cars from the buying propecia online road.

There is viagra mexico an abundant supply of electricity for transportation; a 60% U.S. market share for PHEVs would use 7 percent to buy real viagra 8 percent of grid-supplied electricity in 2050. PHEVs can improve nationwide air quality and wow)) generic levitra mastercard reduce petroleum consumption by 3 million to 4 million barrels per day in 2050.

But do wow look it 50mg cialis retail price we have 43 years to do this? Why not start with today's automobiles

Hat tip to AutoBlogGreen.

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Regenerative braking
written by Bram, May 19, 2008
It's a bit of a shame that they didn't think of regenerative braking here. After all, if you can add a motor to the outside of a wheel, you can add a regen brake as well. Sure it would drive the price up, but it would still be worth it.
written by hank, May 19, 2008
I don't think it's that they didn't think of it. First, it might be cost prohibitive. And second, it might not be safe to do in something that is basically just mounted to cheapest levitra online the bumper of the car.
written by Adrian, May 19, 2008
Hey! Thanks for the great info about turning my car into a hybrid. I never thought I could do this unless I bought one! I was browsing through a bunch of best quality cialis green websites and blogs and I came across yours and found it very interesting. There are a bunch of others I like too, like the daily green, ecorazzi and I especially like’s carbon calculator ( I find it really easy to use (it doesn’t make me feel guilty after I take it). Are there any others you would recommend? Can you drop me a link to your favorites (let me know if they are the same as mine).
Thanks for comments ...
written by ASiegel 1, May 19, 2008
Re Regenerative braking: that is a question for Paulsen. I expect that this was a bridge too far in terms of technological challenge, cost, and safety. But, I stand ready to be corrected / educated.

Adrian: Those are good sites. I have a long "blogroll". Check out Energy Smart ( and my DKos account ( Siegel/diary) for about 50 of my "favorites". (To give a feel, last time that I counted, my "Energy" section of my favorites only had 7000 items/links in it. Reality is that there are only about 100 that get checked basically every week.)
written by Joe, May 19, 2008
A good idea that can be done so much better. I look forward to future versions incorporating lithium batteries and energy recovery. More research is needed to assess the effectiveness of this system.
written by Cage, May 19, 2008
Its nice to see someone turning regular cars into phevs. I hope some others pick up this idea and improve on buying viagra online it.
written by Cage, May 19, 2008
Guess its not a phev. Make it a phev. God.
reason for no regen braking
written by Mark Bartosik, May 20, 2008
The long "stick" and it's mounting points that attaches the motor to the body work is probably designed to take the torque from about 15HP. However, while breaking the ordering propecia online torque would be much larger. Braking forces are much greater than acceleration forces, you can do 0 to 60 in 9 seconds with 150HP, but 60 to 0 in 3 seconds. In this case the braking force is x3 the acceleration force which is also about x10 the force required to keep the vehicle coasting, bearing in mind that this unit is use for medicines meloxicam and tramadol not even capable of accelerating the car, there is no chance that it can provide meaningful braking force. There would be mechanical torque limits, motor current limits, and battery charge surge limits.

Regen is not a make it or break it issue
written by Mitchell Sink, May 20, 2008
Mark me intrigued but questioning. For example,

* This system doesn't have regenerative braking, thus one is simply trading the cost of gasoline for electricity.


EV's and PHEV's are much more efficient than vehicles run by gas engines (at least 30%). Regen makes Electric Vehicles (EV's and PHEV's) about 10% or 15% which is substantial but hardly a make it or break it issue.

adding weight to the wheel, (and then sp
written by bob bobberson, May 20, 2008
It read on their website how this device adds 38 lbs onto the wheel. Correct me if I'm mistaken, but doesn't adding that weight to the wheel mean it takes more force to turn and brake the wheels... Will this reduce handling? Is it efficient to add the weight to the wheels as opposed to other hybrids/EVs which do not add any weight to the wheels (maybe I misread their instruvtions)
Or you could just buy a Fisker Karma Hyb
written by John, May 20, 2008
Check it out
Another aproach
written by keith, May 20, 2008
many of the small cars today are front wheel drive so there should be room under the rear for larger motors and buy viagra without prescription a differential with a fluid drive so that it would make a smooth transition from front drive to rear. the weight would be low in the chasis so handling shouldn't be a problem but of course when you add more horses and regen brakes up goes the price.
written by benji baker, July 29, 2009
Awesome article! Next to buying a 100% electric vehicle, i feel like converting to tramadol official site a plug-in is the next big thing
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