staton hybrids

Discussion in 'Rack Mounted Engines' started by jimmyglitter, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. jimmyglitter

    jimmyglitter Member

    I was just on the phone with Dave Staton and he couldn't give a definite timeline to when the hybrids will be ready for sale but he figured around 3 months he will start selling them.

  2. jg767

    jg767 Member

    What are the staton hybrids? New gearbox design?
  3. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    Last edited: Aug 8, 2008
  4. kerf

    kerf Guest

    You said it, brother.
  5. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    I was talking to David earlier in the week.

    Apparently, the motor shown is actually an 8 horsepower motor! (It's being used with rickshaw type systems, pushing a fairly heavy load.) He said that he's also spec'ing up smaller motors/controllers for purely bike applications, down in the 600-800 watt range.
  6. waylow

    waylow Member

    with a setup like in his pic of the hybrid, it seems like with a simple controller, the electric motor could be charging the batteries whenever the electric motor is not being used to push a load, and the gas engine is running.
  7. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    Correct. However, the motor (generator) only spins when the bike is moving, as the gas engine feeds the transmission through the centrifugal clutch.
  8. waylow

    waylow Member

    right, because the engine has a centrifugal clutch.
    if it works, it seems neat... kinda of moot, but neat. I guess some just want to be able to be silent for a while before cranking up the beast
  9. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    You could certainly start the engine & just let it idle, using the electric drive until you're out of the neighborhood...