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MTSU Pursuing a Plug-In Hybrid Kit for $3000 via Any Back Wheel Hub

Researchers at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) are making progress toward developing a retrofit kit that would turn any car into a plug-in electric hybrid. The kit entails replacing the rear hub with an electric motor that assists the forward motion of the car, thereby increasing its mileage 50 to 100%.


by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News


Researchers at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) are making progress toward developing a retrofit kit that would turn any car into a plug-in electric hybrid.

The kit entails replacing the rear hub with an electric motor that assists the forward motion of the car, thereby increasing its mileage 50 to 100% (doubling), on average.

It's all based on off-the-shelf technology, just assembled in a clever way.

The nine MTSU students are headed by Dr. Charles Perry, who I spoke to last week to get additional information beyond what is available from a recent press release on the MTSU website.

While we at PESN normally cover more exotic free energy technologies, I see something like this being a great marriage for the more exotic free energy technologies once they come to market, which would provide a way to keep the battery topped off so you wouldn't have to plug it in.

The MTSU story didn't say anything about regenerative braking. While their system does do some regeneration during braking, it's not designed to replace the braking system, just to harness some of that energy for replenishing the battery.

Perry also informed me that the plug-in portion is designed to plug into the standard 110-Volt wall socket of a home.

The core principle is to make it as standardized as possible -- one size fits all. Other than the hub, they don't change anything about the car. "The whole point was to demonstrate the feasibility of adding the electrical motor to the rear wheel of the car without changing the brakes, bearings, suspension — anything mechanical," Perry said in the press release. And they're aiming for a total retail price tag of $3000.

The challenge is that the motor is exposed to the elements. Heat management is another challenge. But Perry has reviewed the design with one of the most eminent design company in the world who has come up with "a very elegant solution."

Here's a video about their technology and intitiative:

Perry is now talking with several potential investors — companies with vehicle fleets — to solicit funds to build and demonstrate a manufacturing version of the plug-in hybrid technology.

They have two patents awarded and two more pending.

I referred Perry to Stage2 Innovations for possible funding.

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