Ingineer wrote:The Leaf needs about 20kW to sustain highway use, so a 10kW would easily double your range. 20kW would be about perfect for long trips, and 30kW would allow you to charge and drive, so you could arrive with a full charge. This is what I'm building with a Capstone 30kW turbine. I can run it on CNG or Propane, and it's cleaner than almost any ICE.
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Capstone Turbine corporation has a C30 30kW generator (http://www.capstoneturbine.com/prodsol/products/
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that I have been watching for some time now. I liked the idea of a 1 inch or 2 in receiver in the rear that would incorperate a direct connect to the generator. In your opinion, could such a receiver hold enough weight for this C30 plus fuel for 3 hrs?
Is the Leaf perfect. NO! While I am purchasing a leaf and hope to have it within the month, I know the car will only provide 90% of my driving needs. I can't even go to the airport for a flight on it's current range. Even with QC charging, it would double the time necessary to get to the airport (Atlanta). In order for the BEV to replace ICE, the BEV needs a min 150 mile (interstate) range. That would be 2 hrs driving for every 45 min QC stop. Go to NM see how far the leaf range will take you. I live in middle GA. The leaf will take me to the town north of me (Macon), and south of me (Perry) and that is it. For around Warner Robins, it's great, but that is it.
Even with a good QC intrastructure you would spend as much time recharging as driving. That is not going to hack it here in America. I love the BEV, but the leaf needs to have 4x the range at the same price to become main stream.