Hybrid car...hybrid boat...hybrid train...hybrid airplane!
At the crappy regional airlines you're probably right. At the legacies and other large airlines though this could save a ton of money I would imagine. I doubt Lufthansa put much investment in this before they calculated the potential fuel savings which I'm sure is several hundred million.Sweet, something else to MEL!
we got it in F1 its called kers and the Prius uses it as well as just about every locomotive built for many decades. I really could see its usability though with German timetables and maintenance schedules, at AA not so much.I think that it will become very common soon. With the fuel savings, less ground crew, and engine wear and tear the system would pay for itself in a few months of use. Another thing to consider is when battery technology gets a little better you could actually use regen braking to charge the system.
This thing runs off the APU which I'm pretty sure should still provide enough bleed air to run the packs as well. Unless some transport aircraft can't do this?Might work in Germany. But unless you can run the packs on it, you're still going to see all the airplanes in the US sitting around with one turning while they wait for the overworked, underpaid ground crew to show up to park em. Every time I get on an A320 I chuckle to myself as I hear what I assume to be some sort of hydraulic transfer pump working hard and scaring the poop out of the pax to save a few gallons on the way to the runway, only to sit for 15 minutes at the destination because some genius at Corporate decided that it was "too expensive" to hire more rampers and/or pay them more to get a better employee.
That technology in the F1 cars is pretty incredible. I watched some sort of documentary about that a little while back and I was blown away.we got it in F1 its called kers and the Prius uses it as well as just about every locomotive built for many decades. I really could see its usability though with German timetables and maintenance schedules, at AA not so much.