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Hybrid Car Review: In the Market For a Jet Engine Hybrid Hummer?

Friday, November 02, 2007

In the Market For a Jet Engine Hybrid Hummer?

Johnathan Goodwin Converts Hummers into HybridsMaybe we didn't give Paris Hilton enough credit. It seems that Hybrid Hummers do exits.

"Check it out. It's actually a jet engine. " Follow along as motorhead Johnathan Goodwin takes a reporter through his garage where he's converting a red 2005 H3 Hummer into a turbine powered hybrid electric that runs on biodiesel fuel. Just imagine what would happen if he plugged it in, too (He probably wants to).

Whenever the truck's juice runs low, the turbine will roar into action for a few seconds, powering a generator with such gusto that it'll recharge a set of "supercapacitor" batteries in seconds. This means the H3's electric motor will be able to perform awesome feats of acceleration and power over and over again, like a Prius on steroids. What's more, the turbine will burn biodiesel, a renewable fuel with much lower emissions than normal diesel; a hydrogen-injection system will then cut those low emissions in half. And when it's time to fill the tank, he'll be able to just pull up to the back of a diner and dump in its excess french-fry grease--as he does with his many other Hummers. Oh, yeah, he adds, the horsepower will double--from 300 to 600.
Goodwin is also converting Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1987 Jeep Wagoneer to run biodiesel and Neil Young's 1960 Lincoln Continental into a biodiesel-electric hybrid that will get 100 miles per gallon.

And how is he working this magic? With stock GM parts. "They make 90% of the components I use." And this from a guy who never went to high school.

Go read the whole story. Found via thetruthaboutcars.

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