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  • Doug Schaefer
    ... Google bose electronic suspension for the most mature system now. There is a lot of energy I/O in the system, so it would seem to be best suited to
    Message 1 of 5 , Sep 30, 2008
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      --- In toyota-prius@yahoogroups.com, "bobf823usa" <flbrkf@...> wrote:
      >
      > I'm getting further away from Prius, but there has been
      > reasearch on replacing a car's springs and shocks with linear
      > electric motors controlled by microprocessors...

      Google "bose electronic suspension" for the most mature system now.

      There is a lot of energy I/O in the system, so it would seem to be
      best suited to vehicles with a big battery and 'a fat pipe'. Like
      Prius for example.

      DAS










      This allows things that are difficult
      > or impossible for a mechanical suspension, such as holding the
      car's
      > body absolutely flat through a corner. I don't know any of the
      > details, but maybe it's not far-fetched that such a suspension
      could
      > (or aleady does) recapture energy.
      >
      > Bob F
      >
      > --- In toyota-prius@yahoogroups.com, Peter Blackford <PriusPete@>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > It is indeed an interesting concept (akin to wave-motion-powered
      > generators) - but the control issue would lie in providing a very
      > consistent damping function for the suspension, as would be needed
      > for safe operation. As you point out, the cost/benefit ratio of
      the
      > added weight would also be problematic.
      > >
      > > -----Original Message-----
      > > >From: Jon Wilson <jonswilson@>
      > > >Sent: Sep 30, 2008 11:54 AM
      > > >To: Peter Blackford <priuspete@>, Prius List <toyota-
      > prius@yahoogroups.com>
      > > >Subject: Re: [toyota-prius] better than a fuel cell...
      > > >
      > > >I have sometimes wondered why some sort of generator could not
      be
      > integrated
      > > >into the suspension system. It could provide an adjustable
      damping
      > mechanism
      > > >as well as some supplementary electrical generation. Probably be
      > too
      > > >expensive for the benefit, but seems like an interesting idea to
      > explore. Of
      > > >course it would also add weight, and the tradeoffs might lead to
      > negative
      > > >benefits.
      > > >
      > > >Jon
      > > >----- Original Message -----
      > > >From: "Peter Blackford" <PriusPete@>
      > > >To: "Prius List" <toyota-prius@yahoogroups.com>
      > > >Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 1:34 AM
      > > >Subject: [toyota-prius] better than a fuel cell...
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >> http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/21442/?nlid=1374
      > > >>
      > > >> there just HAD to be a more efficient way to convert fuel to
      > electricity!
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