Electric Auto Tweaks


“What you’re looking at is a propane-powered Capstone turbine engine that spins at 100,000 rpm, but has only one moving part and can help electric vehicle owners get around the lack of quick-charging stations,” Sadow says, launching into a flurry of scientific jargon that is the Bay Area engineer’s natural language. “It can provide up to 30 kilowatts to supplement the Leaf’s own battery pack when you’re …”

Reading through the article, you see that the owner of this EV has had to do a lot of “tweaking” to make his car more functional.  The major tweak is at the end of the article:

What promptly followed suit was the Leaf’s upgraded plug, its optimized HVAC system, and — arguably his most impressive if as yet not scaleable invention — a portable electrical powerplant that gets towed behind the Leaf.

Sadow doesn’t need to be asked twice; in seconds, he’s off and running with a science-heavy explanation of how he fabricated a tow-hitch to pull a micro-turbine fed by propane that can be used to charge the car from zero to 80 percent in around 30 minutes (the last 20 percent takes another 40 minutes), or used on-the-go thereby extending the range of the EV for as long as the propane lasts.

Fine, but now here’s the punchline:

The cost of Sadow’s portable generator is still in the prohibitive category, around $30,000.

You have a $40,000 car and you might need a $30,000 add on ??

Does that come with undercoating?

This guy might just be the next great inventor that gets rich from his idea.  The the sad reality is that sales of EVs and hybrids are still in the fantasy rage:



5 comments on “Electric Auto Tweaks

  1. trixfred30 says:

    I’ll go for an ‘Other’. They seem to be selling quite well.

  2. Andrew says:

    I have yet to see one…thankfully. But I am familiar with the link you posted…

    “Andrew says:
    January 1, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Andrew says:
    January 1, 2012 at 10:04 am
    @ tallbloke

    Andrew says:
    January 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    How much carbon does a burning car give off? Oops I just tripped over somebody’s carbon footprint….

    Does anybody know who the 50 people are that currently own a Dogma…i mean a Karma?”

    I must have been pissed off that day or something, lol!

    …says Andrew

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