// Classic diesel-electric solution?
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    Classic diesel-electric solution?

    There are a couple of us in my family with some experience with diesel-electric motive systems. It occurs to me that with today's perfectly acceptable constant-velocity transmissions, this is a solution begging for prototyping.

    A constant velocity diesel -- using the cleaner fuel now available [or bio-diesel] -- generating electricity to drive motor[s] -- and providing appropriate torque via a CVT should be an efficient solution to energy/environmental problems in personal transportation.

    Sorry for the long sentences. 2 extra cups of coffee, this morning.

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    Classic diesel-electric solution?

    Why use the CVT? With an electric drive train, why do we need a transmission to connect the diesel to the wheels at all? Just a clutch should suffice if one insists on a parallel hybrid topology.

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