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Old 02-12-2019, 09:58 PM   #41
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Some of these engines get upgraded to serpentine belt drive, so tension loads have to be considered very carefully. Itís not as simple as hanging a much larger alternator or a second one on engine. If not done right, belt can slip, or it could overload other components. Some of the initial kits to add second alternators on various engines ran into this problem. Mercedes, for example, offers a kit for the Sprinter diesel but places limits to maintain proper performance and reliability.

We digress. Back to future electric motorhomes, not old ones.
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Old 10-08-2019, 02:09 PM   #42
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Well now there is one with 400km or 249 miles of range:
https://insideevs.com/news/375158/vi...l-electric-rv/
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Old 10-08-2019, 02:36 PM   #43
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That's starting to almost look like a pretty decent range...
Add another 150 or so miles to it, and we'll know that they're getting serious!
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Old 10-08-2019, 05:48 PM   #44
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Good luck getting that range at highway speeds.

The claimed range versus battery capacity isnít really all that different than electric cars, yet the aerodynamic drag must be many times higher.

Iíd prefer a hybrid with less battery capacity and a range extender, given itís a vehicle that sits unused most of the time.
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Let's face it: this isn't really a Country that was made for electric vehicles...
We're 3000 across, and about 1500 miles from top to bottom.
The infrastructure just isn't in place yet; for "Battery Buggies" to try and cross the whole thing...
Give them time, and things might work out better...
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:12 PM   #46
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Let's face it: this isn't really a Country that was made for electric vehicles...
We're 3000 across, and about 1500 miles from top to bottom.
The infrastructure just isn't in place yet; for "Battery Buggies" to try and cross the whole thing...
Give them time, and things might work out better...
Actually the infrastructure is there: Tesla has just about all of the nation covered with superchargers for their cars and any other OEM's EVs have the network that Electrify America is setting up along with a ton of others provided by a few different systems (ChargePoint, EVGo, etc.).

Just check out: https://www.plugshare.com/ and zoom out (yeah the coverage isn't nearly as extensive as gas stations but they've had a 100 year head start!).

For my Bolt from our house I could pretty much drive anywhere South and East using the CCS fast chargers. Routes West are a little more difficult (you can see that on the plugshare map above--a little more sparse out West). What it doesn't show, however, is that I can charge up the Bolt at any campground with 50A service overnight.
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The closest one to me is about 40 miles...
After that: I need one heckuva long extension cord!
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