Javelin UltimaDork
June 25, 2012 10:26 a.m.

Wonder if this thing still exists?

Sky_Render Reader
June 25, 2012 10:29 a.m.


fasted58 UltraDork
June 25, 2012 10:30 a.m.

I remember that car w/ color photos from some mag back then, I was so frickin' inspired. Mighta been National Geographic IIRC

June 25, 2012 10:35 a.m.

I still have no idea why the "locomotive" style diesel powered generator and storage batteries driveline got nixed on the new Volt. I thought it was a brilliant re-application of a vetted idea.

June 25, 2012 11:16 a.m.

AMC and (IIRC) GM were experimenting with Stirling-cycle engines for automotive use for a long time. Then...radio silence. Not really sure who killed the technology, but like low speed Lister diesels, the Stirling engine seems to have a lot of potential that's never really been tapped. Coupling a Stirling cycle engine/ genset to a battery electric makes a lot of sense, actually, since there's usually some start up lag time for a Stirling and they tend to prefer constant, lower RPM.

Javelin UltimaDork
June 25, 2012 12:04 p.m.

Anyone else notice the Stirling here runs on compressed helium?

AutoXR HalfDork
June 25, 2012 12:23 p.m.

Electrovair 1 was built in 64... they built a # 2 out of a 66 I believe.

1988RedT2 SuperDork
June 25, 2012 12:30 p.m.

I don't know about you, but I can hardly wait to see which 100-year old technology GM decides to try next!

HappyAndy Dork
June 25, 2012 1:15 p.m.

Thats pretty bold that they were using a 3 phase AC drive motor in a mobile application in the sixties. I would have expected DC SCR motor control, which at that time period would have been considered cutting edge tech.

FWIW, there was also a lot of experimental use of hydrogen fuel cells as a power source for electric cars in the sixties. I guess that was good enough for NASA, but not the rest of us. Fuel cells might be the next thing to make a come back though, they are being used as a replacement for lead acid batteries in electtic forklifts.

Carro Atrezzi HalfDork
June 25, 2012 4:56 p.m.

well duh...

that's the Chevy that Barry (aka Barack) drove in college

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