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When purple things are pulsating on your mind, I'm the one whose clock you want to clean. Aiding is Sparky, the Astral Plane Zen Pup Dog from his mountain stronghold on the Northernmost Island of the Happy Ninja Island chain, this blog will also act as a journal to my wacky antics at an entertainment company and the progress of my self published comic book, The Deposit Man which only appears when I damn well feel like it. Real Soon Now.

Sunday, August 14, 2005


You'll notice that we're all paying more for gas and there's no guarantee the costs will go down anytime soon - here's a primer on the act itself with an explanation of hybrid vehicles - followed by what one can do with some smarts - a soybean oil burning racecar :

Energy Policy Act of 2005 (complete in link) - but pertinent links below:

Hybrid vehicle (click on link for full article)

Honda Insight - a hybrid gas-electric vehicle

A hybrid vehicle uses multiple energy sources or propulsion systems to provide motive power. This most commonly refers to gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, which use gasolineelectric batteries for the energy used to power internal-combustion engines (ICEs) and electric motors. These powerplants are usually relatively small and would be considered "underpowered" by themselves, but they can provide a normal driving experience when used in combination during acceleration and other maneuvers that require greater power.

Modern mass-produced hybrids can recharge their batteries while underway. When cruising or idling, some of the output of the combustion engine is fed to a generator (sometimes merely the main electric motor running backwards) which generates electricity to charge the batteries. This contrasts with all-electric cars which use batteries charged by an external source. Hybrids still require conventional fuel—usually gasoline, though diesel and other fuels have also seen occasional use.
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Toyota Prius Car of the Year 2004 European Car of the Year 2005

They are more environmentally-friendly than traditional internal combustion engine vehicles because they generally provide greater fuel economy. For greater discussion of specific operating modes used in different hybrid designs, see the Types section below.

The term hybrid when used in relation with cars also has other uses. Prior to its modern meaning of hybrid propulsion, the word hybrid was used in the United States to mean a vehicle of mixed national origin; generally, a European car fitted with American mechanical components. This meaning has currently fallen out of use. Some have also referred to flexible-fuel vehicles as hybrids because they can use a mixture of different fuels (typically gasoline and ethanol alcohol fuel). For greater discussion of this meaning, see the Hybrid fuel section below. Real Hybrid Mileage Database - Median MPG (US) &
Boxplot. Last Update: 5/12/05 @ 6,381,685 miles.
Visit the database at
g=7.8l/100km 40=5.9 50=4.7 60=3.9

External links


The above pales in comparison to the below

I give you my research on the L3 Enigma: L3Research - Home of the ENIGMA:

PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Jim Burns, seated in L3 Enigma, with
San Diego State University team members. The L3 is powered
by a 200 HP AC Propulsion electric drive and VW 1.2L TDi
diesel engine burning 100% soybeam oil. It can do zero-to-sixty
in under five seconds and has a 20 mile electric only range.
Burn's goal is to drive the car coast-to-coast on just 33 gallons
of B100 fuel.

Enigma Hybrid Sportscar

The 260HP Enigma sports car is a scratchbuilt vehicle with amazing handling, rollercoaster acceleration, and remarkable fuel economy. For almost 40% of typical excursions, the Enigma owner need never employ the combustion engine, yet still reap the benefits of 200HP electric vehicle fun. (the link is a .WMP file)

L3 Research has committed to assisting San Diego State University in their bid to compete in GMs Challenge-X competition -

SDSU students and volunteers are preparing for the new US Department of Energy program to promote innovation in vehicle design entitled Challenge-X. The GM sponsored event will require the team to use whole-system design principles to convert an existing GM "Cross-over" vehicle in the mini-SUV category into a more fuel-efficient and environmentally-benign concept and to compete against other teams to prove their approach.

L3 Research Inc. is a company that merges the future with today. Our proven hybrid technology uniquely configures and incorporates best-in-class, off-the-shelf solutions without compromise to create extremely high performance electric sports car and other high performance vehicle applications.”

Eye-Catching Entries: “ ... Although it was difficult to say which of the 30+ contestants was most unique, the "Enigma", a sleek red diesel-electric sportster from L3 Research, San Diego, Calif., was arguably among the most exciting. Powered by an experimental 1.2 liter VW diesel engine, coupled trough an electric drive-train, the nimble 2-seater subverts the stodgy image associated with fuel-efficient cars. While mechanical difficulties prevented it from finishing the race, it repeatedly demonstrated its ability to accelerate to 60 mph in under 7 s, cruise at supra-legal speeds, while squeezing 80 mpg from its biodiesel fuel. ...”

#3, L3 Enigma: Purpose-built: Biodiesel + PbA, L3 Research / SDSU, San Diego, CA
Report #35: Team Profile: L3 Enigma

Rhonda Hill is with the L3 Team. I asked her to describe it. "It is an hybrid electric, parallel, car. There is a 60 horsepower, 1.2 liter engine out of a VW Lupo. The electric side is a 200 horsepower 150 kiloWatt AC motor from AC Propulsion. Both couple through our custom-built transmission that lets both provide power to the wheels."

The goal of the project was to create a solution to some of the transportation problems we have that would prove functionality and deliver efficiency, but would look good and would be fast and would be appealing. Most of the components are off-the-shelf. The custom designed items were the transmission and suspension.

"I was a master student at San Diego State College. I had done some theoretical research into the application of a fuel cell as the auxiliary power unit instead of the diesel engine." She then was away from the project for a while but returned in December 2001. "Our control platform is Lab View running on Windows XP. Since these are off-the-shelf solutions we are dealing with all the problems that people are dealing with on their home computers; crashing and stuff."

Lying on a table near by was a heavy cylinder, maybe 16 inches long, 12 inches in diameter. "That is one of our two super capacitors from a Russian company named Tavrima. 220 Volts, 2.3 Farads, 28 kilograms." It will be part of the car to help with capturing energy from regenerative braking. It should double the life of the batteries and improve acceleration.

"They would like to manufacture these for the sports car market someday. ...

Josh Landess' interview with moving force behind diesel-hybrid
electric sports car – Dr. Jim Burns:
“... I'm able to rationalize for myself that we're going to use diesel because it's a commodity cheaper than the gasoline we have. Even though it is a cheat in energy terms, you're gaining the advantage of getting that energy more inexpensively. And those costs are related to the economic and ecological prices that people have to pay to deal with the technology. ... It's just that we understand that very well now because we've been doing it forever. Add the complexities of hydrogen or vehicle-to-grid, grid-to-vehicle electricity, these new infrastructures people are trying to push. Who know what those costs to society are going to be? ... ”
Sparky already knows he wants to drive a biodeisel hybrid manual transmission version of the 2006 VW Touareg (guess it's time to call VW and ask - because the Germans seem to think we Yankees are too girly to drive a stick these days). The Diesel V10 was offered in the United States for a limited time in 2004 and 2005, but — emmissions regulations forced it for a temporary period. Volkswagen is working on fixing these issues, and will return the V10 to the US lineup in 2006. He hopes it will be as good as Jim Burns' GM SUV. o&0


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