anyone see the you tube video of the governor of Washington state riding around in a 150mpg suv?, apparently they used some capacitor to store the the energy used for quick bursts of power instead of relying on the batteries for this...
A big enough capacitor (would have to be pretty dang big) charged using regen braking could give a boost to mileage...wonder how many farads?
Years ago, my dad got his hands on a 12v mainframe computer power supply. Had about 50 amp capacity (I used it to start the car a couple times...) and had about a farad of filtering. I could run a two meter ham transceiver (receive only, power consumption would be similar to an inexpensive CB radio) about 10 minutes on just the capacitors alone.
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I wonder if u could use capacitors on an alternator to reduce load due to electrical devices in a non hybrid.. headlights rob you of 2hp, so I could see some potential in it, unfortunately now that I just came up with an ingenious idea, I have no means of impelenting it(not willing to destroy my cars electrical system acidentally), so I suppose its just best off thrown into the wind..
but what if I could throw some capacitor right into the power line seems like they would already be using this , but maybe not, knowing how the auto industry is, I would assume probably not..
anyone care to share any history of this that they may know of hahaha or is this a ridiculous idea?