Originally Posted by Gkase
Well Capn...you've always got some inside info and its much appreciated...I'm toying with ways to add a battery powered motor to our trucks to add a PHEV capability for additional cheap mileage...I thought to find out what's up with the PTO access...
thanks...that's way more than I've seen anywhere else...
What a delightfully insane idea! Something tells me in the end it won't be cheap. I'm interested to know the cost to benefit ratio - how many miles will you have to drive it before the fuel savings offset the PHEV mods. I'll watch with eager anticipation to see what you come up with.
I've been toying with the idea of doing an electric conversion on my other car, a 1973 VW Thing. The Thing, having so few electrical accessories, and conversion parts being readily accessible, is a good candidate.
[Edit] Now that I've had time to think about it, my first reaction was much to flippant and dismissive. Please elaborate on your idea. Do you intend that the electric motor supplement the gas engine? Substitute at low demand? What? This is an interesting idea.
Electric motor in the driver's side under seat box with a chain drive to a sprocket on the PTO? Or electric motor between the frame rails, with a drive shaft to the PTO? Have to make sure that all the gears in the TC are square cut, not saw cut. Don't want to be driving the car off the sloping side of a saw cut gear. Mind's starting to race. . .