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Tennessee researcher changing the face of fuel economyy

foxnews.com -- A group of Tennessee researchers and graduate students are changing the face of fuel economy. They are designing a unique, plug-in hybrid retrofit kit that works on any vehicle on the road, potentially saving those who make the investment 50-100 percent on in town fuel costs.

The system is compact using electromagnets which fit between the back wheels and the brakes. Dr. Charles Perry at Middle Tennessee State University has built a prototype from a decade-old Honda Accord which he has converted to a fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle.

“It's a relatively low powered solution -- just for use in town” Perry said.


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Submitted Nov 18, 2012 By: Timberline
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honda0105
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Happy Black Friday.
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Happy Turkey Day, USA. Safe travels to all.
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I won't hold my breath just yet.
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 4:37:26 PM

I also heard this on the 700 Club News cast!!! Just them and Fox are the only true News you will hear this repoeted on!!! The (so called) networks are too busy cheerleading Obama!

[Edited by: FEYSO at 11/20/2012 5:39:00 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:17:49 PM

Keep up the research.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:01:35 PM

Faux Noise again... thought it's not a bad article nevertheless.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 8:36:34 PM


Great article...thanks for posting!
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:10:34 AM

Three words. Entropy always wins.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 8:50:59 AM

our engineers are so creative.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 8:19:32 AM

Sounds interesting - I hope that it is economically viable
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 6:44:15 AM

Excellent if no one stop the product marketing
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 4:52:33 AM

WOW
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 3:57:31 AM

Thank you for submitting this article, Timberline.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 3:55:23 AM

Wonder what the rest of the story is. Will this work on rear wheel or front wheel or 4/4 drive trains? Can the batteries be mounted underneath the vehicle and not use up truck or pickup bed space? How far can one go before the batteries are depleted? How long does it take to replenish the batteries? Do the magnets generate new power for the batteries or do they only "assist" in the propulsion of the vehicle? What size vehicle is this equipment economically justified for?

So many questions and so few answers.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 1:24:32 AM


Great to see this kind of innovation.

Thanks for sharing Timberline.
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3k now and should drop as economy of scale ramps up.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 1:04:44 AM


This might work to the extent that it only provides a small power boost when driving at lower speeds.

A year or two ago there was an article here on GB about a company selling an electric add-on booster which was installed between the back of the driveshaft and rear differential. They were targeting the taxi, limo and small bus market and the retrofit was already in production. It worked by adding the boost from the electric motor when accelerating, then recharging the battery by turning the electric motor into a generator when coasting or stopping. This increased the MPG enough to pay for the system.

I see this as another version of that kind of system but made for small sedans with front wheel drive and rear drum brakes where there is no center driveshaft that can be connected to an electric drive.

If I had a front wheel drive car and I could increase my MPG by 50% with a 3,000 dollar kit that I can install over the weekend I would go for it.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 1:00:07 AM

LMAO!!! Magnets!!!

Ok, you buy it first.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:57:13 AM

Doubt if it would fit with my racing axles and spool locker rear end. I would rather spend the 3k on a ProCharger...lol...
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:48:35 AM

Yeah.... Im thinking this is another pipe dream.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:46:41 AM

Lets see how far this will go.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:40:24 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:39:49 AM

Bring on hydrogen power.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:39:17 AM

It definitely could work, but will almost certainly change the handling.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:38:04 AM

Great idea.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:37:00 AM

So much for pipe dreams.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:36:54 AM

Too limited in travel distance on electric power.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:36:23 AM

technology is helping
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:34:02 AM

Old News
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:29:57 AM

Having it for ( in town use) will not help much.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:23:36 AM

Let's see how it proves out after tens (or hundreds) of people try iy out instead of just a prototype or two
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:22:26 AM

Hope it works.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:20:54 AM

um, you forgot to finish that sentence...
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:20:04 AM

sounds good , but.....
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:19:46 AM

After mass production proof it works, maybe.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:17:40 AM

I searched some more sites and it's the colleges property. They are still trying to get the patents and investment and trying to find someone to mass manufacture and market it. I'm curious if it will fit over a disc brake set up.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:17:15 AM

Interesting. And very cool. But $3,000? That's a lot. How long to recoup that cost in fuel savings? I would guess many years.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:17:07 AM

I can't see it catching on.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:15:53 AM

It's okay but a feasible solution to our need for gas.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:15:45 AM

Really?
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:15:24 AM

If it works, what effect does it have on breaking?
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:12:02 AM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:09:42 AM

You begin to wonder how they can do it and the big 3 cannot. I am guess it is a good idea but will it reach the market or be bought up and shelved?
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:08:27 AM

not good enough
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:06:41 AM

No way it will work.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:05:30 AM

Great if it works. lab results vary from real world.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 11:56:17 PM

hmm...
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hmm...
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 11:55:23 PM

works on any vehicle? Just drive less and save on gas
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 11:55:01 PM

Where's the editor?
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if this was a movie, it would be grade B..
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