Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric Cars

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    Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric Cars

    Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric Cars
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    November 1, 2010
    by Nick Chambers


    Here's an idea that's just been waiting to find an investor and reach the mass-market. Indiana-based start-up, Electric Motors and Vehicle Company (EMAV), announced today that they will begin selling a towable, diesel-powered, range-extending trailer for electric cars starting late next year. Although there are numerous examples of homebaked contraptions that do the same thing, I believe EMAV is the first one to try and commercialize the concept.

    EMAVs diesel-powered, towable range extender for electric vehicles is due to go on sale at some point late next year.

    Officially called the Power Regeneration Unit (PRU), EMAV says their device is meant to extend the range of an EV by up to ten times on one tank of diesel while also providing extra cargo space for those long road trips.

    "For electric cars to be truly viable for a mass consumer audience, we need to bridge the gap between low-range electric vehicles that can travel moderate distances to electric vehicles which can truly become the sole family vehicle," said Wil Cashen, founder and President, EMAV. "JD Power says that sales of electric vehicles will hit only two million in 2020–that is slow adoption, much due to the current range of these vehicles. Our goal is to move the marketplace beyond the first generation of electric vehicles to more powerful and rugged cars that also have endurance. This will evolve the electric car paradigm from a supplemental to a primary car for consumers."

    The PRU is self-powered with an on-board 28 HP electric motor that uses sensors to match the speed of the towing vehicle. According to the company, this feature increases the efficiency of the whole package by lowering the power demand on the EV's motor. The PRU has a 6.6 gallon diesel tank and carries a set of lithium ion batteries with a 5 year/100,000 mile warranty. When cranked up to its full output, the PRU can supply 25 kw of power from its .75 liter, 4-cylinder diesel engine.

    EMAV says the 1,220 pound trailer is being designed to work with any electric vehicle and will cost around $15,000.

    Full article at link.

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Sounds like this is like hooking an extra locomotive to another. I figured itd be like a generator to tow behind a Leaf and recharge its battery
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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Chevrolet should take this picture and write:

    Leaf + Trailer = Volt

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Good idear. Makes up for inherent deficiencies, eh?
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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Quote Originally Posted by fp115 View Post
    Chevrolet should take this picture and write:

    Leaf + Trailer = Volt
    ^^^^^^

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    What if you want to tow a trailer?

    Tow a trailer behind the trailer ?

    Talk about pointless

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    I think it's a brilliant idea. You could have a pure EV as a daily driver and rent one of these from Avis for $30/day for a longer trip. That way you wouldn't have to spend thousands on an on-board range-extender that adds 600lb to the car.

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Quote Originally Posted by F14CRAZY View Post
    I figured itd be like a generator to tow behind a Leaf and recharge its battery
    Me too, THAT would be cool, this is just kinda goofy.

    What do you wanna bet that your typical mini or subcomact driver has never driven with a trailer. The advantage of having a small car that's easy to park in cities is kind of negated by sticking on a trailer!
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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Huh? It is a generator to tow behind an EV and recharge its battery.

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    I'm surprised that Generac didn't offer this first.....

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    So first I have to buy an overpriced EV then buy this $15K generator? FAIL, FAIL, and FAIL.
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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Quote Originally Posted by baloo View Post
    I think it's a brilliant idea. You could have a pure EV as a daily driver and rent one of these from Avis for $30/day for a longer trip. That way you wouldn't have to spend thousands on an on-board range-extender that adds 600lb to the car.
    I agree. Also, they could add a little cargo capacity to the trailer to augment the car's for needs on long trips.

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    So how exactly would this work? Nobody has ever mentioned anything about a pure EV being able to drive while its charging. Would't this have some sort of adverse effect on the batteries in the car? It would always be driving at partial charge instead of going through a drain and charge cycle.

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Quote Originally Posted by optiongm View Post
    So first I have to buy an overpriced EV then buy this $15K generator? FAIL, FAIL, and FAIL.
    Well complain to Nissan et al. for being so overpriced...

    Quote Originally Posted by flatblackstrat View Post
    So how exactly would this work? Nobody has ever mentioned anything about a pure EV being able to drive while its charging. Would't this have some sort of adverse effect on the batteries in the car? It would always be driving at partial charge instead of going through a drain and charge cycle.

    Am I missing something?
    Who knows. In theory sounds good, but in the end, you are just better off getting a Volt that can do both.

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    Re: Company Announces Diesel-Powered, Range Extending, Towable Trailer for Electric C

    Are the Tesla and Leaf even rated to tow a trailer?

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