Hybrid 4x4/Off-Road Vehicle?
Come on qq. The Toureg is just a station wagon with oversided tires. If the last year's DARPA Grand Challenge hadn't been on roads, Stanford's Toureg would have been stuck right off the starting line.
In addition to losing so much fuel and the environmental damage, the other loss caused by the urbanite adoption of the SUV is the fact that there are no off-road ready SUV's being made any more with any fuel.
Personally, I'd love to see an off-road hybrid but there probably isn't a big enough market for anyone to design something rugged enough that I'd be willing to risk getting stuck in the middle of nowhere with. The low-speed, controllable torque provided by the electric motor would be great in a serial hybrid to reduce engine overheating. One could also design it to handle fording without need of a snorkle (you could actually submerge completely :-)
But let's just focus on the bulk of the market which need efficient, clean road vehicles for now.
I convert simple classic 4x4
I convert simple classic 4x4 vehicles into rugged efficient drivable trucks using modern 4cylinder turbo diesel engines or full on plug-in hybrids using turbo diesel generators. Pick your favorite older truck or suv, we will restore it to better than new specs and make it out perform any new truck or suv on the market when it comes to simplicity, ease of maintenance, fuel economy and off road ability.
Anvil & Co.
I may be contacting
I may be contacting you. I'm looking to buy an old Subaru Forrester, but have held back because of the MPG. Your offer sounds interesting.
Have you found any parts to
Have you found any parts to build a hyrbrid 4x4? The only ones I can find are from pmlflightlink.com, but they aren't selling them individually.
I want to build a protoype and get investors to start a small car company. CNC technology makes it possible to mass produce things without having a huge factory. The "economy of scale" is breaking down.
why not just convert it to
why not just convert it to full electric? why wait for the manufactuerers to do it? WHY DO WE WAIT FOR OTHER PPL to do things right, take initiative and fricken do it urself!!!
you should really check out
you should really check out idaho as well if you have the time because there is alot of need for suv's around this area in the winters. I know i will be looking to buy one if they can get them out and running