This is exactly what I was thinking on the 2nd day of our power outage in Ohio. Now it's the 5th day. I think buying a PTO type generator and hooking it to rollers with a belt and pulley makes a lot of sense. However, your post is the only mention I have seen for this idea on the web so far. Keep up the good ideas!
I've had this exact idea for a few years, seems a simple solution to power outages, everyone (almost) owns a car. I thought of googling the concept tonight while reading a magazine, and here you are! Don't know enough about varying rpm of auto engines at idle, can they be regulated at (or post) the wheel "spinners? Does it matter? And My Lexus GX 470 wouldn't work without redundant spinners on the front wheels (full time 4WD.) However, my 2001 Suburban would. All we're bypassing in a manufactured standby generator is the engine, but that's (I guess) the most expensive component. Onan Corp (big time generator mfg) is in town here, I may run the concept by them with a non-disclosure. This is such an obvious idea that I can't believe that there's some problem I've missed.
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