I'd like to modify my XB-600 (running at 60V) so that I can travel long distances. I'm interested in adding an electric generator/inverter and charger to accomplish this task (series electric hybrid). I assume I'll need a charger that outputs 60V. I'll also need a gas electric generator that provides ~1200W continuous output. What are the amp requirements for this arrangement? What kind of amp output do I need for the generator and charger so that I can run the bike at peak continuous speed without discharging the batteries? Am I right to assume it'll be around the 10-12amp mark (roughly 50% of 20amp battery series circuit)?
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Wow, tall order... The added weight will have to be figured into the efficiency too.
Another question would be, can the bike operate while being charged?
Have you considered a 60v 40-60Ah battery instead?
I'm not especially concerned about efficiency (this is more about dramatically extending driving range). Running on batteries alone I'm currently achieving nearly 1700mpg equivalent. With a electric generator/inverter/charger combination I'll be lucky to attain 110mpg (I'd be satisfied with this result, though). Also, weight shouldn't be too much of an issue. A generator won't weigh much more than 100lbs. Coupled with my weight of 145lbs, I'd be well within the weight limits of the e-bike.
I remember seeing little 50cc Chinese hybrids on Ebay. They offer plug-in charging, motor charging, and a choice of three modes" EV, ICE, or hybrid. I think you need to start with a scooter platform, not a bicycle, if you want to use a four stroke ICE.
Has anyone tried to add a lifep04 battery to an XB-600/610? That may increase it's distance. I am thinking of upgrading my battery but I am not sure which to get. Has anyone done it?