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Feasibility of Partial Conversion

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I am planning on designing a custom "dune buggy" hybrid that runs primarily on gasoline/diesel but is able to run on electricity. I was wondering if it there is a possibility for a ICE and a elec. motor to power the vehicle at the same time( to increase acceleration from a halt/fuel economy)? I was if a differential would work to combine the two different forces. I plan on plugging the batteries into a household socket, and using the engine to charge the batteries when they are not being used. I was also wondering what motor wattage I should be looking for?
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If you do move forward, your best bet is to transplant the complete drivetrain out of a hybrid automobile. Perhaps a 2nd gen prius. Then, find or recreate a plug-in-hybrid system for it to extend the electric-only capabilities.

But, I agree with prior post. Its a lot of work to build a hybrid from scratch, and you probably won't get the results you are hoping for.
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