Reply to post: Motor != Engine

Cambridge boffins and Boeing fly first hybrid airplane over British skies

BitDr
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Motor != Engine

Motors and engines are different beasts. Engines can be used to power a motor but not the other way around. Look at it like this. (Fuel->Engine->Generator->Motor->Load) makes sense, but this (Battery/FuelCell/Mains/(Fuel+Engine+Generator)->Motor->Engine->Load) does not.

Therefore a pargraph such as this;

"The aircraft uses its petrol and electric engines simultaneously during takeoff, which is the most power-demanding part of any flight. Once the pilot reaches cruising altitude the electric engine can be switched over to power generation and recharge the batteries, or used to augment the petrol engine to save fuel."

Should be rewritten to something more like this;

"The aircraft uses its petrol engine and electric motor simultaneously during takeoff, which is the most power-demanding part of any flight. Once the pilot reaches cruising altitude the electric motor can be driven by the engine as a generator to recharge the batteries, or used to augment the petrol engine to save fuel."

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