[T3] Happy New Year

Dennis Stiefel dlstiefel at dekalbk12.org
Mon Jan 2 18:08:04 PST 2012

It would be an interesting project, but keep in mind that the 
generator output is limited to 30 A total. So you probably can't 
count on diverting more than 10 A to an electric A/C compressor.

The car needs the rest to run the FI fuel pump, the FI brain & 
injectors, and the ignition. If you need wipers and/or headlights 
things get worse.

One thing I should do someday would be to measure normal current 
consumption at cruising speed with various loads turned on.

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The electric compressors they use on hybrids I think pulls about 50 A. Using
the stock generator would be out of the question with this unless I could
put an extra marine battery on it and charge between trips. Doubt I would
get much millage out of that. If I went this way I would have to come up
with an alternator set up putting out at least 80 A. The first concern I
would have with this is how well it would fit or seal up around where the
generator goes so there is not so much hot engine compartment air being
sucked up around it. The other would be how much of a strain would be on a
stock FI engine. Like I said this is kind of last on the list so who know I
may just drive it between early October and late April.       

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