• May 28, 2009
Add serial entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin to the list of people interested in getting a crack at the 2,000 or so automotive dealerships that are scheduled to be shut down by either General Motors or Chrysler in short order. Unlike most other interested parties, though, Bricklin's plan would also include his Visionary Vehicles venture purchasing up to 300,000 new vehicles from the two beleaguered automakers, which would then be upgraded with luxurious interiors and *ahem* a hydrogen hybrid drivetrain. Presumably, they wouldn't be gullwinged 'safety' cars like his short-lived SV-1 1970's wedge (above).

We're not completely sure what Bricklin's proposed hydrogen hybrid powertrain would entail, but he tellingly says that everybody else says it's a scam. Yep, you guessed it: an onboard electrlyser would supposedly extract hydrogen from water. According to Bricklin, "I know I have a product that I can put on cars that will make them get 100 percent better mileage." We'll see how it all works out in about 90 days, which is when Bricklin says his first prototype will be ready.

"I really believe this is why I was put on this Earth," he said in a recent interview. "All those mistakes, and all those lessons, and all those experiences have led me to know exactly how to take advantage of this technology." We'll see.

[Source: Boston Herald]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Geez, he is persistent, I'll give him that. After making a "safety sports car" that was neither very safe (If the electrics packed up, the passengers were trapped unless they could lift the heavy gullwing doors), nor a sports car (based off of an AMC Hornet, and had a three-speed automatic...Scintillating). And then importing a car based on a 15-year old subcompact with third-world build quality that became possibly the biggest joke of the automotive world. Normally, monumental failures like that would deter furthering one's automotive career. Stay strong, Malcolm, you'll get one right sooner or later.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would like all those dealerships. I could uhh... put stuff in them. Maybe hold bakesales?

      I think I'll hold bakesales!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Dealerships aren't spread out enough all over the country. Some are right next to each other.

      Hydrogen hybrids might not be the right direction. It takes a lot of energy to package hydrogen for use in automobiles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But wouldn't that consume energy, itself. The whole reason that gasoline is so popular is because what you put in the tank is what energy you get back out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dude's been scamming the auto industry for decades. I'd trust him as far as I could throw him.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Scaming about sums it up. Scaming the public with vehicles that were not fit to drive including early Subarus, Yugos and Fiats. Then there was the Bricklin car company. He completely scammed the New Brunswick government for millions to build cars so awful dealers did not want them. I wouldn't trust that man to sell me a hubcap that works let alone a hydrogen car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't say he's been scamming the industry for decades. He did bring over Subarus, Yugos, and Fiats. Yugos and Fiats left due to increased government standards that they weren't willing to invest in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I do not believe that you can put an onboard electrlicyser that would supposedly extract hydrogen from water on a dealership type vehicle without 1st passing smog laws and the EPA.

      If he is buying finished GM and Chys vehicles brand new and updating them with interiors and other goodies the start point is new - brand new vehicles.

      I think in the next what is it 90 days - time will tell if he adds the hho and gets mileage and the unit is made well and the pricing is right.

      Getting commuter savings on fuel would be a step in the right direction.

      I think he will have a very hot ticket.



      • 5 Years Ago
      I say good luck to him, and I'll reserve judgement until I see the plan in action.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sure thing Malcolm. Just go to ol Obama and get a hand out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree. i've said it before, and i'll say it again: hydrogen is not the future.

      for a pure electric future, you need:
      - more power plants, enough to support electric cars
      - upgraded electrical grid for homes
      - cheaper batteries

      for a hydrogen future you need:
      - about 2x more extra power plants than electric (conversion is a pretty inefficient process)
      - more hydrogen conversion plants
      - hydrogen pump stations
      - cheaper fuel cells

      hydrogen is inefficient compared to batteries, and much more difficult to implement. it's a waste of time, and just a PR move at best.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let me guess the first prototype will probably be a Chinese car from a Chinese company he scammed and not going to pay the rest of the money .. AGAIN .

      Visionary Vehicles are so Visionary they are invisible !

      God put you on this earth to FAIL ! .. EPIC FAIL !
      • 5 Years Ago
      100% retard
      • 5 Years Ago
      Malcolm Bricklin? Con man.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe he should just do the gussied up interiors, add some tasteful styling kits, and leave it at that...
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