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DIY Plug-In Hybrid Pickup Truck Answered

Hi everyone,

For a while, I've had this as my "back-burner" project. I'm trying to really get going on it now.

It's an Open Source, DIY, Plug-in Diesel/Electric Hybrid Pickup truck. That's really a mouthful, so I'm just calling it the "SuperTruck" project, until I can come up with a better name.

The entire concept is that it is a parallel hybrid, which you can charge from the wall, and it has a diesel engine that can run on diesel, bio-diesel, and possibly veggie oil. Either the engine OR forklift motor will be able to propel the vehicle. (Meaning that it will have a dedicated EV mode.) The driver can manually decide to run it on diesel, electric, or both depending on the driving situation.

The mechanicals are relatively simple. It uses a manual transmission (rather than a CVT or planetary gearing.)

In theory, this will be a project than any advanced grease monkey will be able to duplicate. I'm not much of a car guy, but I have learned quite a bit working on my electric motorcycle, electric car, and experimenting with running my car as a hybrid.

ere's a YouTube playlist of what I've got going so far.

For the latest on this project, please visit the page for it on my blog: http://300mpg.org/projects/supertruck/
'll definately need help on this project, so please tell all your friends about it!


Anyone have a MANUAL steering box off a Chevy S10 or older Sonoma?
No, seriously, I'm having a hard time finding one. If anyone have one they can donate or sell at reasonable price, I would be very interested (Jan 31, 2013)

just a thought on your throttle control, I see what your trying to do, how about you connect both engine and electric motor to the gas pedal and have a three position switch,
diesel, electric, both
just my 2 cents

The reason why I was thinking the hand throttle for the electric is so that the two systems can be controlled INDEPENDENTLY. For example, if I want to show off and really burn rubber, I might want to CRANK the electric and still want to shift through the gears on the diesel engine so that I get full power from each system.

The EMIS system does use the single accelerator approach, and then pulls data from the ODBII port (which my pre-1996 does NOT have) to a microprocessor, which then creates the throttle signal for the electric motor controller. However, that system is not a full parallel. You always need to have the gas engine running and the electric merely acts as a "boost". My system will be both a complete ICE and EV system in a single hybrid.

ok thanks for explaining im not familiar with the EMIS system.

For more on the EMIS, please see: http://www.go-ev.com/EMIS.html
y plan uses a similar mechanical connection, but will feature a manual transmission, and the ability to TURN OFF the engine and drive on just electric.

It's neat to see the EMIS as a commercial product, because it gives me confidence in my design, just knowing that something else similar is out there and working for people.

Does that engine have a throttle position sensor because if it does they are generally 0-5k resistors so you could just tap into it to run your motor controller and just have a switch as previously mentioned for electric hybrid or diesel. Also as a method to keep your diesel from gelling in the winter if you have a 10 gallon tank add about 1/3 to1/2 a gallon of gasoline it thins it out so it wont gel.

A friend of mine converted a Dodge Neon to an AC powered electric car. It had a 0-5Kohm in the throttle body, so we kept that and routed the signal to the motor controller. It worked pretty well.

Good luck Ben! If anyone can do it, you can, your other projects are great.

As a suggested name, how about "Electruck" or "Electruc", a pun on truck and electric.