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From your experiences and knowledge will you please explain the differences in power produced by average gas, diesel, and electric vehicles? Which produces more torque, which produces more horsepower, and any other major performance differences?
Engines or Motors produce the amount of torque that the factory wishes them to, if you compare a gas engine, diesel engine, and electric motor that produce 30 ft/lbs of torque then they would all be identical. The difference is how they operate; electric motors would create the 30 ft/lbs of torque instantaneously, basically as soon as the switch is flipped so to speak. A diesel engine would produce the torque at a lower RPM than the gas engine.
How can you compare the effects of putting a turbo charger or a supercharger on a vehicle (gas or diesel) compared to a standard engine? Please note any differences in power and gas mileage.
Adding a supercharger or turbocharger can make a tremendous difference in efficiency and power. A standard engine is “stuck” receiving its incoming air/fuel mixture at whatever the standard atmospheric pressure is. Adding a turbo or supercharger will provide pressure much greater to standard atmospheric pressure, which allows more air/fuel to flow into the combustion chamber, which in turn allows more power. Turbo and superchargers can allow an engine to not need to work as hard, this is what allows the increase in efficiency.
How can you compare the performance differences in electric engines compared to more common gas and diesel vehicles? Please not if there is any differences in inefficiency (if power is lost between the engine and output at the wheels).
Electric motors allow for instantaneous power, they can full power/torque immediately. As far as power loss, an electric motor would still need to transfer power through a transmission to the wheels so there would still be that power loss.
With gas and diesel vehicles people can improve performance with aftermarket parts, can this be done with electric vehicles, or are the vehicles too complex for most people to work on.? If it is possible please note some aftermarket parts.
I am not very familiar with electric vehicles when it comes to performance upgrades. I would say, that the typical back yard mechanic or DIY’er would not be able to work on a high voltage electric vehicle themselves.
If you could buy any vehicle with the choice of gas, electric, or diesel, and your main focus is saving money on your fuel source which would you choose and why?
I likely would buy an efficient gasoline powered vehicle. If I was strictly going for mileage a car that gets gas mileage in the 40mpg range will be most cost efficient. Electric cars have limited range, and diesel cars which get in the 40mpg range have increase fuel cost.
For what reasons do diesel vehicles tend to last longer on average?
Because they operate at a lower RPM range than their gasoline counterparts.
How can you explain why a diesel fuel is often said to be cheaper to make even though it’s more expensive at the pump?
I don’t enough knowledge on that subject to speak on it.
Do you see advantages in biodiesel, and how hard would it be for the average American to make this change?
The average American would have a difficult time switching to biodiesel, and the main reason is the production. It is an involved process and requires a fair amount of equipment to be acquired. The vehicle should need little adaptation, however. Another issue is when people start producing their own fuel they are avoiding the state tax on fuel and the government can look poorly on that.
What advice do you have for people out there looking to save money on fuel?
Keep your car tuned up, a good running engine will operate more efficiently. Keeping the alignment in check is also very important and keeping the tires at maximum operating pressure also helps. Of course driving habits play a huge roll in mileage as well. Instead of panic stopping and pulling out quickly from stop signs (lights), try slowing sooner, and pulling out slowly.
Where do you see alternative fuels going in the future?
Mainstream alternative fuels are going to take time to catch on. The infrastructure would need to be there to support it, and that will take time. Gasoline is going to be our primary fuel for years to come, but advances in the alternatives are promising.