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free piston linear alternator engines

Discussion in 'Technical' started by dpeilow, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Wow - what a radical design! There's no mechanical connection to the piston - it generates electricity directly by moving magnets past coils. And spark plugs at each end. Cool!
     

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  2. rabar10

    rabar10 FFE until Model 3

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    More info on the concept: Wikipedia - Free-piston engine

    Certainly a different series-hybrid-only approach, as opposed to the traditional ICE powerplant in the Volt and Karma.
     
  3. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

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    #4 ItsNotAboutTheMoney, Nov 25, 2012
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    It's an advantage of PHEV that as long as the motor is powerful enough engineers are free to use a generator instead of an engine and therefore they have greater flexibility. Potentially, anyway. They do need time and money. ;-)
     

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