Originally Posted by MartinEm
Hi, I was just throwing this out there. Of course I'm going to convert my bus first. But. Is it possible to replace and rewire the engine to make the bus a hybrid, and if so how. If you can id like a ballpark on how much it'd cost. I'm really new at this and want to make my bus eco friendly because I feel bad driving a Diesel engine. So if you could help me out with that I'd appreciate it!
Thank you very much!
Welcome to our community(I'm new as well), If eco friendly is your concern, I think you should look into vegetable oil conversions, the conversion is relatively simple (but complicated enough for me not to bother) and will be eco friendly as you desire, also you'll still be able to use regular diesel if you don't have any vege oil around.
Most importantly, there are many people who have done it in many kinds of diesels and skoolies, which means you'll be able to find a lot more resources and guidance to help you with a "how to". The basic WVO(waste vegetable oil) concept is that when heated, vegetable oil has very similar properties to diesel and can run a car, so you use a heating element (perhaps your rear radiator?), to heat the oil and then you flick a switch which pumps that into your engine. I am not an expert though, you'll obviously have to look into this on your own.
That said, using the oil as not as simple as pouring it into your gas tank (unless you use new virgin oil), you have to go through a time consuming cleaning process to filter out all of the gunk.
I met a guy who had a diesel van converted into a WVO van, and it was a pretty slick setup, I stuck my face by his exhaust for a solid 15-30 seconds and I still don't have cancer. FYI: he said his setup cost about 1,000.
edit: If you're serious about doing mechanical changes to your vehicle like this, I think it would be wise to do this BEFORE your conversion. That way if your vehicle decides to disappoint you, you'll be less committed to it.