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Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by TEG, Nov 5, 2007.
Actually, I think the key idea of having a lean-burn turbine be the long-range extender engine is interesting. If combined with ultracapacitors to buffer the charging of the battery, you could really tune the turbine for maximum efficiency and quiet.
I went in skeptical but came out impressed.
"My Hummer can beat up your Hummer - in it's sleep."
My first thought was that I'd have to have "This Hummer gets 60mpg" painted on the thing so it wouldn't be vandalized by activists. Maybe a just bumper sticker.
Seriously, though, something really irks me about this. The Hummer was created for the military. Like most of us, I watched Operation Desert Storm on CNN and learned that one of the fundamentals of war is "protect the supply lines". HumVees and tanks crawled across the Iraqi dessert with gasoline tankers in tow. And now some guy in his "Monster Garage" is throwing together a Hummer that puts out twice the horse power, gets four or five times the miles per gallon, and can be run on used cooking oil in a pinch. I got to ask myself what the cost of the war in Iraq would be - in dollars and lives - if this drive train was in those vehicles.
If I were the US Military, I'd be all over this.
Hell, if I were the US trucking industry I'd be all over this.