Why not diesel electric instead of gas electric
I being an ex submariner know that diesels electric is the better way to go than gas electric.
A small tdi type of european 3 cylinder diesel in a hybrid would go further than a comparable gas electric.
also we could employ a cvt transmission if we like because at a realistic horsepower levels needed to drive a car or truck efficiently off of "torque" motors" a cvt would be the cat's pajamama's,
also we could use super/ ultra capacitors, high temperature superconducting motors and generators and regenerative braking.
factor in new steel alloys and lithium aluminum alloys that are super strong and light weight and carbon fiber body panels to save body , chassis and wheel weight as well as aerodynamics.
We could then think of Biodiesel made from crops and waste oils as a viable solution.
Why they even run buses in California on Aqua diesel which is diesel mixed with water to a degree.
try that in a gas engine.
Navy Submarine School graduate
Why all the horsepower craze? Why not efficiency.
American driving habits and horsepower craze is whats killing our nation.
# 1 problem driving too fast kills. second you take an efficient engine and instead of using it for mpg with sensible horsepower we make it push more fuel and air through it at higher rates and that allows us to go faster in as few seconds as possible but it cost us fuel economy in the process.
this puts further pollution in the air and puts a strain on the ammount of oil we import.
The tesla could go further with a motor that produces only 120 hp or so and get 7 second acceleration may 8 seconds.
no need for a 2 speed transmission with a cvt.
with the recharge rate it takes to recharge the batteries you could put a small 1 cylinder diesel putt putt in the trunk to charge the car while camping, jogging in the park or chassis mount it with electric start to charge while the car is parked and shut off when charging is done.
I would like to see a Ford Gt 40 replicar with a similar drive train and batteries but with cvt and super capacitors for that extra oomph at take off.