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As a trained diesel fitter and confirmed petrolhead, I remain to be convinced by the case for EV’s, but as an engineer, I’ve been pondering the technology behind them and have two questions. If anyone can provide answers, I’d be obliged.
1. On an ICE, the batteries are charged by a standard alternator so why is there not a similar system fitted to EV’s? If it were driven off the drive train, it would at worst provide a top up and/or power the vehicle systems such as lights, wipers, heater, etc. At best, particularly on long journey’s, it could recharge the battery.
2. Given the power generated by wind has become a standard source of energy, why are wind turbines not fitted to EV’s? I’m not talking about windmills on the roof, but a simple unobtrusive device akin to a Dyson blade working in reverse and using forward momentum to power a generator. It could be fitted behind the grill or even underneath the vehicle.
Current car: VW Tiguan R-Line Tech auto in nice shiny black. 🙂