One Ohio-based inventor who's long proposed a technology that substantially boosts the driving range of a typical V8 engine says his idea still has plenty of legs. Doug Pelmear, whose HP2g technology was the guts behind the high-miles-per-gallon converted Mustang in 2009 and the Revenge Verde (pictured) that was displayed at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, continues to try to get financial interest in his system. The idea is to boost fuel economy by shutting off fuel to some of the cylinders under non-accelerating driving conditions.

Pelmear, according to reports from the Toledo Free Press and The Street, is looking to raise financing for his "Skip Fire" system. He's tested the system, which he says will cost about $1,400 as an aftermarket product and will boost fuel economy by about 30 percent, on about 60 vehicles, and is trying to boost that count to 250. Interested parties should stop by the official website for more information.

There are some things to be aware of, though. There was trouble between Pelmear and the Automotive X-Prize and Pelmear says financing has been difficult to come by because a creditor mistakenly put a lien on HP2g instead of one of his other companies. The entrepreneur says he has patents pending in the US and China for the product, which uses a magnet system to shut certain cylinders down when the car is cruising or braking. Stopping those cylinders helped the Revenge Verde get an advertised 100 miles per gallon equivalent while delivering as much as 400 horsepower (we've wondered about the methodology before). The company looks to sell its aftermarket product to fleet-vehicle operators once it gets regulatory approval to do so.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Why did you use "MPGe" in the headline? Shouldn't it just be MPG?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Bootsting a mustangs fuel mileage 30% will not get you to 110 MPGe. Math fail.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I don't know Doug Pelmear, (for all I know he could be an honest, sincere genius, a great engineer and I may be doing him a great disservice ) but whenever I have investigated claims such as these, they seldom prove viable. Over the years I have received thousands of proposals to invest in such "engineering innovations". Very few turn out to be commercially feasible. There are always exceptions, and that's what sustains the belief that small backyard investors can come up with designs and inventions that are superior to the thousands of brilliant engineers working for the large corporations. My response to most of these 'would-be' Rudolf Diesels, is " show me the results from reliable testing laboratories like Ann Arbour " . The fact that no major engine manufacturer has shown any interest in his technology, is an indication that potential investors and customers should exercise caution and thorough due diligence, before becoming involved.
      • 8 Months Ago
      UPDATE NOTICE: United States / International Patent # 8616175 Issued December 31, 2013 Utility Patent INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME The HP2g engine has been EPA TESTED and Exceeds 2016 EPA emissions standards by 2/3 less
      • 8 Months Ago
      "The idea is to boost fuel economy by shutting off fuel to some of the cylinders under non-accelerating driving conditions" Cylinder deactivation anyone?
      Giza Plateau
      • 8 Months Ago
      Computer. Says. No.
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