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Old 06-08-2012, 12:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default RAA uses solar panels to save fuel and maintenance costs.

Proof positive this is a good idea for everyone. Think I am going to further research some panels to attach to both my Insight and Suzuki.

http://www.nbc12.com/Global/story.asp?S=18731769


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Old 06-08-2012, 01:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well most emergency vehicles are equipped with at least two or more batteries and all the lights and radio equipment etc. No wonder the batteries go out.
In the patrol vehicles (Sheriffs Dept) we had 200 amp alternators to keep up with the electrical load with all the lights, etc. in use. Solar panels aids in the charging of the batterys.
Less load on the engine from the alternator.

It's also stated that they no longer are using diesel engines?

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Interesting to say the least. I can see it saving fuel, but not batteries. I am assuming they leave the engine running, that in turn would keep the alternator charging the batteries. The only way the batteries would fail if they are cycles deeply or over charged.

Not sure about the gas thing. I cant see they converting the vehicle to a gasser for such small amount of money. I wonder if they are adding a power unit like a RV generator that sits under it for when parked.

Its fairly common for RAA to park ambulances at various parts of Richmond to wait for a call.


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