VitaminJ wrote: If you want to drive 1000 miles in one go you have the wrong vehicle.
Your missing the point. EV's will eventually be the main personal vehicle on the road. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to just take a trip in your own car? 7kW is not enough to keep up. You need 15kW continuous. Which is 500 pounds.
Is this the right vehicle? I did my Iron Butt 1000 Mile ride from Syracuse to Birmingham on my streamlined CBR250R last May. The weather was cold, foggy, rain, and cold again in the evening so I couldn't quite crack 100 mpgUS. But did average 115 mpg in the hot temps all summer.
http://www.fuelly.com/motorcycle/honda/ ... dler/78563
Haha! Wow. Yes EV cars will eventually (and in the case of Tesla already are) be capable of long journeys just as conveniently as ICE cars. What does that have to do with a DIY generator hack to an existing car? What does an ICE motorcycle have to do with hybrid electric vehicles? From your hypermiling experience you should know that 7kw is plenty to propel a Leaf down the road at plenty of speed.
arnis wrote: VitaminJ wrote:
Oh it would totally work! A 7kw dual-fuel generator is 250-300 lbs and you could take some of the weight off like the handle and wheels. It'd have to use 3 maybe 4 cross bars for that weight, but if properly placed and spaced the roof could take it. Locate the generator in as low profile box as possible, maybe mount sideways. Mount propane or gasoline tank up there as well (don't tell the DOT!). There you go you have L2 charging anywhere you drive.
arnis wrote:ICE on the roof is not going to happen. It is usually tall. Also roof rack DOES have more air resistance
than almost any trailer. Due to the fact that smaller trailers are totally behind the vehicle.
We need one-gear ICE that propels trailer, not electricity generator that powers the Leaf.
And we need 15kW stable output at least otherwise trailer is worthless as it is not possible to travel 1000 miles.
You don't understand engineering.
First of all you raise the center of mass catastrophically.
Secondly you lose 300lbs load capacity. You get more drag.
ICE engines are USUALLY vertical.
And you need 50hp at least due to massive electrical losses.
Also a lot of equipment more to handle the electrical stuff.
NOT going to happen. Trailer is much simpler. Safer.
Ummm this generator is 7.5kw (that's electrical ouput so you will get 100% of 7.5kw) and can be mounted sideways with the frame removed, total footprint is only 28 inches wide 18 inches tall. This one is also only 200lbs which can be reduced:
http://apelectric.com/all-generators/po ... AlrL8P8HAQ
Also it's only $800, let's see the pricetag on your 15kw generator.
There is no other "equipment" needed. You take your 7.5kw generator, you fill it up with gas, and you plug in your EVSE.
You want to talk about spoiled handling? Add a 1000lbs trailer to your Leaf ahahahahahaha. For 1000 miles you take a Tesla, you take an ICE car, or you wait 5-10 years for the next gen EVs.
My solution would let you travel 200 miles per charge, further if you are conservative, and would charge up your vehicle in 4 hours anywhere you parked it. Perfect for exploring the wilderness, camping in the mountains, visiting national parks, etc. and you can explore the city and park in a normal parking spot and use a drive-through. It would probably also only take up half the interior space of the roof box, the rest is free storage, or fuel for the generator.