Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Hacking A Hummer

Guy's also converting a 2005 H3 into a hybrid electic-biodiesel. "'Think about it: a 5,000-pound vehicle that gets 60 miles to the gallon and does zero to 60 in five seconds'". Like Markos sez, it's American ingenuity. Alive and well and living in Kansas. FastCompany.com (11.07):
"[Goodwin] was driving a converted H2 to the SEMA show, the nation's biggest annual specialty automotive confab, and stopped en route at a Denver hotel. When he woke up in the morning, there were 20 people standing around his Hummer. Did I run over somebody? he wondered.

As it turned out, they were engineers for GM, the Hummer's manufacturer. They noticed that Goodwin's H2 looked modified."

Motorhead Messiah

"'Does it have a diesel engine in it?'"

"'Yeah,' he said."

"'No way,' they replied."

Goodwin popped the hood and showed 'em what he'd done. After a while, "(o)ne engineer turned and said, 'GM said this wouldn't work.'"

"'Well,' Goodwin replied, 'here it is.'"

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

WELL DUHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
Biodiesel has a smaller carbon foot print, less all the byproducts (particulates, co,etc.) and if it's made from waste oil, it has a negative footprint (you're using a product that would have gone in the landfill.) Benn making it for about a year and powering my '82 MB 300SD. $0.70/gal, too. No need to remove Food - corn, sugar beets, etc., from the food chain, which drives up food prices (meat, grains, etc.) It can be made out of ANYTHING that grows and produces oil.
pt.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look here http://journeytoforever.org/biodiesel_yield.html
for Vegetable oil yields, you'll see that corn is a poor choice for biodiesel (that will keep it as a food/feed crop) and here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jatropha_oil
for and interesting crop that grows on really crappy land.
It is very possible to eliminate the foreign oil dependence, without killing food prices, and Knobboy's article shows that Detroit really has no excuse.
pt.
(responsible Hummers)

12:52 PM  

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