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- 10:56 PM
- Jan 11, 2008
- Gilbert, Arizona, USA
I had the same sort of idea, over here...
Only using a 110v electric motor.
The cheapo HF generator would only power up to a 1-1/2hp motor.
But a more expensive honda generator that puts out 1000watts and is quieter, and more efficient, (More 'miles per gallon'), could power a 2hp.
I still have that in mind, as I consider my 'pusher' options.
Of course, the honda is pretty much well out of my 'options' range anyway.
The main difference would be this: In the one case, you would be recharging the batteries of an e-bike. You could still run the bike without the gas motor running, which would completely throw out any argument that, since an internal combustion motor is running, that the bike is an internal combustion driven system. You could turn off the gas motor, and quietly tool away...
If you have a generator directly driving an AC motor, this 'out' isn't available. Legally, the argument could be made that the generator/motor is an electromechanical 'linkage', rather than a mechanical linkage, between motor and the ground, and that since the motor is required for operation, essentially, this form is just an elaborate form of a gas powered bike.