[DMCForum] Re: Passing Gas
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[DMCForum] Re: Passing Gas



Marc,

You're right. I read an article about hybrids that stated that due to
the higher base cost of the car itself, you'd need to own the thing
for 15 years before you actually saved any money.

I guess the point is, I'd rather pour my money into equipment rather
than the gas tank (and the petro companies). It would also (cough) be
more environmentally sound.

Dave:

What's Toyota's and Honda's trick then? How do they overcome the
weight/distance problem?

--- In DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Marc Levy <malevy_nj@xxxx> wrote:
> Why not put a diesel in there, and make it run on
> bio-diesel?  Make a deal with the local McDonalds to
> collect the french fry oil, you filter it and burn
> it.... the exhaust smells like French Fries!
>
> The kit to convert the regular diesel to a run on
> vegetable oil is a few hundred dollars, but if you add
> in the cost of the engine conversion it can get
> expensive.
>
> Before you do any of it, consider the fact that a
> regular engine conversion at minimum will be let say,
> $5K.  Do you drive enough to see a $5K savings in a
> reasonable amount of time?
>
> My take on the new Hybrids is that most people wont
> realize any savings.  You can buy a regular gasoline
> econo-box you can get 30Mpg.  The hybrid is like
> 50Mpg.  However, add in the additional cost of the
> hybrid option and I would suspect it would take at
> least 2-3 years for the average person to realize a
> savings...  But in 2-3 years, you will need to replace
> that humungo bank of batteries.  More $$.
>
> If you can do a solution that does not require the
> mega-batteries, that may work.  Maybe power a
> generator with Diesel?  or a turbine engine?  The
> problem with that is your generator will have to be
> able to put out the maximum amperage you will ever
> need (under acceleration).
>
> BTW, if you do electric do you even need a
> transmission??  Electric motors have linear torque so
> why bother with a transmission?
>
> Best part of all, if you do come up with something
> cool the Oil company will buy it from you for a few
> million dollars of hush money.. they you wont care
> about gas prices!
>
>
> --- cruznmd <racuti1@xxxx> wrote:
> > I'm going to pose a possible project. It may dumb,
> > it may not but
> > here it is:
> >
> <SNIP>
>
>
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