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1917 Woods Twin Energy – the First Hybrid Automotive

1917 Woods Twin Energy – the First Hybrid Automotive

The primary hybrid fuel electrical automotive didn’t come out in 1983, however in 1917. The Woods Twin Energy was constructed by the Woods Motor Automobile Firm of Chicago. As a result of the fuel engine was so tough, however provided extra energy and electrical automobiles have been smoother, however had restricted vary, the Woods Motor Automobile Firm wished to produce a automotive that gave you the most effective of each worlds.

The very best half is, it was a full hybrid (hear up GM) with regenerative braking. The engine was a parallel hybrid that included a 12-hp, 4-cylinder gasoline engine as an auxiliary drive system along with the electrical drive prepare. The electrical engine might propel the automotive as much as 20 mph. Along with the fuel engine, the twin wooden energy might rise up to 35 mph.

The fuel engine and electrical engine have been linked utilizing a magnetic clutch. The fuel engine turned magnetized when activated (by a lever managed by the motive force). The copper disk was pulled towards the flywheel connecting the electrical motor to the fuel engine.

Solely the electrical motor may very well be used whereas stepping into reverse. Why? As a result of the engine had no clutch and so the fuel engine had no gears!

The automotive battery designed for this automotive was about half the scale of the batteries in different electrical automobiles of the time. As soon as the automotive received as much as 20 mph, the fuel engine may very well be engaged, permitting the electrical motor and fuel motor to work collectively. The battery may very well be recharged or discharged by one other lever. Recharging was completed by the fuel motor (at speeds over 6 mph) or by braking on stage floor or when coasting down hills. A standard brake pedal was solely used at speeds of lower than 6 mph.

Out there for under $2650 (keep in mind this was 1917). Wire wheels have been a luxurious, costing an additional $25. Or you might ‘pimp’ your car out for one more $100 (paint and trim).

In the end, the primary hybrid was a industrial failure. It was constructed solely in 1917 and 1918. It was too costly, too sluggish, and too tough to service to be a industrial success.

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1917 Woods Twin Energy – the First Hybrid Automotive

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