An electric motor in EVERY vehicle!
Like “a computer on every desktop”, but probably better. Much better.
I am deeply intrigued by why it makes sense for most of the vehicles market, to move to serial hybrid engines, that is electric+gas engines combined as in the diagram above.
In a series hybrid, the gas engine isn’t connected to the wheels: it just generates electricity to go to either an electric motor or a battery, to later go to the electric motor.
This seems overly complicated, and wasteful: the vehicle has to convert gas to motion, then to electricity, and then to motion again.
- Gas engines are only efficient at certain speeds. If an engine must just provide electricity to a battery, at constant speed, it can be small and cheap
- Most of the energy goes directly from the generator to the electric motor, without losses through the charger and the battery
- With an electric motor for low speeds, you can get away with a cheap single-speed transmission
- Once batteries get powerful enough, you can just remove all the left part of the picture above, and the car will still work (and remain street-legal!)
Please read the full explanation of why this category of electric vehicles is good, and “what they would sell to the Laggards and Luddites”.