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20 May 2008 @ 10:43 am
And you thought you couldn't afford a hybrid.  
These are supposed to be for sale in the fall. In the FALL OF THIS YEAR.

I want to see footage of a car with one installed. If they work, hot DAMN, I am so getting one. Three thousand dollars to turn my car into a plug-in hybrid? Yes please.

I am stunned that such a thing can exist, delighted that it seems to, and worried that it's all a big scam that will dash my hopes.
Kayefreak_in_need on May 20th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
That is sick. And it looks legit, at least on the surface.
whc on May 20th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
This has got to be a joke. It seems to be mounted to the flimsy plastic bumper of the car! Applying much power to the motor would rip the bumper off!
Elletheletterelle on May 20th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
No, I think it's attached to the wheels. If I read the details right. You're a machine guy-- would that work?
whc on May 20th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
One end attaches to the wheel, but it has to push against something. The photo shows a bar that goes from the device on the wheel to the bumper of the car and the instructions say to attach it with pop rivets to the fender of the car. On the car in the photo, that part that it's attached to is mostly plastic. Even a metal fender wouldn't handle 10 horsepower very well.
Baron Aloha: Put fish in you mouthultramang on May 22nd, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
My prediction: outlawed in municipalities that use parking enforcement boots.
Tyellastyellas on May 23rd, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)
I've been puzzling over this for several days. And I asked my flatmate who knows much more about cars. He said it looks perfectly probable. He also says that the torque bar is connected to the metal body work (the undercarriage) not the plastic bumper, so that's OK. The torque bar holds the wheel in place, which is helpful for this configuration.

The problem is the additional weight in the wheel, which adds up to 76 pounds per axle. The weight of your tires and axles is finely calibrated against the weight of the body of your car so that your car rides smoothly and with a low amount of wear and tear. The lighter your wheels are, the better. Disrupting this balance is what causes problems. "It's going to affect your suspension; it's going to put a lot of extra wear into that rear suspension." Heavier shock absorbers and heavier rear springs could help in some cars. For shortish runs (up to 15 miles) on flat roads, this might be tolerable. For longer travel, "This wouldn't be good on a truck...if you were doing a long trip I'd be very much inclined to remove this. If you're a two-car family, modify one car, but don't use the modified car for long trips."

There you have it.