03 Jan '15, 5pm

Bridging the gap between green heads and gear heads.

I am confused. This is a joke right? Why are you all taking it seriously. This is a tongue and cheek article. There are massive trucks right now that have a diesel generator and an electric drive train. it would be possible to apply this technology to a semi, but there is no benefit. It would increase the weight, cost and complexity dramatically and have no improvement in efficiency for long hauls. Yes in stop and go traffic with changing gears and idling there would be a improvement. Its very simple really. Trucks have many gears, and at highway speed, you typically run the engine at optimal RPM. And batteries and an Large Generator, electric drive train and batteries would be heavier then the traditional transmission. For long haul you would quickly deplete any reserve electricity in the battery. Pushing these non aerodynamic beasts at High way speed takes a lot of energ...

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