# Thread: Electric/Wind Hybrid - Is it Feasible?

1. ## Electric/Wind Hybrid - Is it Feasible?

Is it feasible to create a car which runs on battery/electric motor which is constantly re-charged by turbines harnessing the wind force from the forward motion? I'm not an engineer but it seems to me that it could be a possible method of efficient travel. Have any companies/organisations considered this before?

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3. ## Electric/Wind Hybrid - Is it Feasible?

Let's get this straight: You want to use the car's movement through the air to power a windmill to run a generator to re-charge the battery that's powering the electric motor that's moving the car through the air? If it worked, it would be called perpetual motion. Unfortunately, you can't get something for nothing.

Something similar to this (complete with pictures) was run here previously - see http://www.hybridcars.com/discussion...=723&replies=5.

4. ## Electric/Wind Hybrid - Is it Feasible?

No.

The only possible benefit would be to use the wind to help slow the vehicle down to stop it. And that isn't very feasible.

5. ## Electric/Wind Hybrid - Is it Feasible?

The best way to use wind energy and solar energy for transportation is to feed the wind and solar energy into the electric distribution grid.

Then use electricity for a PHEV. It is even possible to use the batteries in a PHEV to assist the grid in overcoming transient peak loads.

6. ## Electric/Wind Hybrid - Is it Feasible?

Here is an idea - embed solar panels into the body of the car and have it recharge its batteries while it is sitting in the parking lot. That is anywhere from 6-8 hours of recharging.

7. ## Electric/Wind Hybrid - Is it Feasible?

Please do the math first. The amount of power generated by a solar panel the size of a car roof is about 1/25 of a horsepower. If you charge your battery all day, how many seconds of driving will you get? Answer: Not very many.

This has been discussed several times here.

8. ## I don't know how much energy

I don't know how much energy you would get out of the wind as you drive. It would be interesting to look into. It could improve fuel/electric efficiency.

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