Submitted by Jose DeSouza on August 18, 2013
I wonder whether Tesla would launch a hybrid vehicle in the future. Not a fossil fuel powered setup. Wait. A hydraulic hybrid electric one. I′m thinking the current Tesla platform seems to be ideal for that. Unfortunately, the “frunk” would have to go. In its place, a hydraulic pump-motor assembly, together with pressure cylinders might be used to make the car move from standstill and afterwards the electric motor in the rear would take over. All seamlessly. It might be advantageous from the battery bank use optimization point of view. A smaller battery bank might be possible and, last but not least, one that gets discharged much more gently when moving the car from zero to any speed. Braking would improve as well because both the batteries and one of the pressure cylinders would be simultaneously charged. There might be additional benefits as to charging, range and reliability issues concerning the propulsion battery pack as well. Like many others, I also dream of making oil irrelevant even if ever it eventually runs out.