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Old April 13th, 2019, 20:54   #316
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Originally Posted by ranger pete View Post
I suspect the only reason we haven't seen it yet has to do with our ridiculous regulatory system.

I can't really think of any regs prohibiting an add on battery assist setup. Plenty of dudes do full electric conversions all the time

The first gen insight guys have a setup for manual control of the assist/regen on their cars, they use a joystick to control it. Bet a similar setup in a more universal guise would be easy enough to toss together, couple wheel motors to bolt to the rear axle beam and a box with inverter and batteries you'd toss in the trunk. Only issue is that there's about a thousand different year/make/model to apply it to.
Make it for A4 VW chassis cars, and you won't sell very many as nobody's going to dump $5k into a 15 year old compact car. You'll never recoup that in fuel savings.
Make it for some brand new car and... Maybe get enough sales to recoup R&D. Unlikely.
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