I like your ideas. I
I like your ideas. I hope for the day when we can get all kinds of vehicle with a good, solid, plug-in parallel hybrid drivetrain as you are describing. You don't need to worry about torque with an electric. Electric motors can provide more torque than anything that burns dead dinosaurs.
Speed shouldn't be a problem either. Single speed electric motors can easily drive speeds over 100 mph while still providing ample torque at low speeds (0-60 in 4 seconds or less).
And let's not even talk about low-speed control. Electric motors, like the forklifts you describe, have no hesitation and complete control of the torque with the accelerator pedal. Although I never tried it with my old EV1, I can assure you that you'd love crawling over rocks with the sure-footed feel of an electric motor.
Electric motors can easily be designed to be much more reliable than an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) since they have very few moving parts. They only have the 2 bearings, a fixed reduction gear, the differential and U-joints just like any other vehicle.
You also probably wouldn't have to worry about a diesel genny in the cold if you have a good, strong traction battery. If the engine computer detects that it is cold out, it could simply put whatever the traction battery has in it into starting the ICE. Once the ICE is going, it can be run as needed to keep things warm.
At slow speeds, where the aerodynamics of a Jeep won't hurt you too much, you should easily be able to get over 100 mpg with gasoline and even more with diesel.
I love it but will warn you that a homebuilt as you describe is going to take you a lot of work. Hopefully, the manufacturers will get going in this direction some time.
Let's save the gasoline for our antiques and quit wasting it on the essentials.
I like both of your ideas. I
I like both of your ideas. I own a Prius and am tired of the compromises. It is good to know that the concept of electric-first, with a back up generator is technologically feasible and cost-effective. I am disappointed that this vehicle is not commercially available.
I think a great conversion
I think a great conversion kit would be one that would include the basics for converting older gas engine cars into electrics. The problem is the batteries are not yet there (though I think they will be in another 10 years or so).
You certainly get a lot more instantaneous power from an electric, and if you don't have long driving requirements you could make it work.
But if you're a grease monkey like I am, and enjoy torqueing on a car, why not try a hydrogen generator conversion? I was surprised at how well they work. I immediately got a 40% increase in mileage using about a liter of water a week.
That is NOT on some little eco car. It's in my full size 3/4 ton Chevy Express van with a 5.7 liter engine. My friend just doubled up his generators (put 2 in) and has gone from 10 MPG to 22MPG!
Smaller cars do even better. We have a project car I'm working on now 2008 Mazda M3 - we should be able to get 60 MPG when finished. That's better than any Hybrid for less than $1000 total costs (I have designed a much more robust kit for this project)
Now, I'm like you. I LOVE the rumble of a good hi performance cam as the American muscle sits there loping. My first car was a 73 Camaro- man I loved that car.
But I HATE being manipulated by the Big Oil companies and wanted to fight back. I spent 6 months researching and building.
I documented it and teach others how too. You could convert to a Hydrogen Generator you can build yourself for a couple hundred dollars total. It saves gas, cleans emissions, and gives a slight increase in Horsepower (maybe 5-8%).
You're handy with your hands- I'm telling you, you'd love this thing!
Try it out, you will be amazed at how simple it is for the results you get.
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I like your idea.It seems
I like your idea.It seems like you already have a plan.I wish you good luck in pursuing your ambitious plan.