yeah so far two people have called them generators.. from the manual, no
less. :s though i don't think it is actually a generator. generators
don't produce enough power for new cars, unless they have overcome some of
the weaknesses of a generator, such as commutators. but as soon as one was
to elliminate the commutators, it becomes-- more or less-- an alternator.
and no, i'm not going to go to a ford dealer and ask to read the manual from
a 2005 mustang. if i liked mustangs, i'd be in a mustang group ;)
Alternator is a derivative of a generATOR that produces ALTERNating current;
ALTERN + ATOR = ALTERNATOR. The word's etymology goes back to Chrysler product
vehicles of around 1960. Ford & GM manuals still refer to them as generators,
which they actually are, since they GENERATE electricity.
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