It was from Douglas Pelmear, owner and chief engineer of HP2g, an Ohio grass roots company that developed a 110 MPG E85 V8 Hybrid Mustang.
told them that, "due to his
inability to raise additional working capital he
would have to abandon his
Doug's Ford Mustang utilizes 350 times less gasoline than the Toyota Prius.
has tried desperately in the last three years to get an OEM company to take an interest in his
technology with no such luck.
This car gets 110 MPG.
110! All of this hard work and Doug
has to close up shop.
That ordeal certainly ruffled some feathers and Doug
was invited on NBC's Morning Show to talk about his
plant having to close.
After the showing, he
was then invited to the Washington DC Auto Show.
of Napoleon shows off his
second Mustang that he
converted into a vehicle that can get 110 miles per gallon.
But time and the economy have not been kind to Doug Pelmear's
plan to revolutionize the American automobile.
The factory today is largely dark and empty, Mr. Pelmear's
dreams of putting northwest Ohioans back to work are still constrained within two file drawers full of job applications, and his
hopes of mass-producing his
HP2g engine have fallen victim to a lack of funding.
"We can't get the banks to look at us," Mr. Pelmear
hasn't sought money from more traditional capital sources such as investors, selling stock or bonded indebtedness, because such sources would likely cost him control of HP2g LLC
- something he's
unwilling to provide.
A partnership Mr. Pelmear
forged with Revenge Designs Inc.
, a Decatur, Ind. specialty carmaker that had planned to use his
engine in its upcoming "Verde" supercar, dissolved this spring.
traveled to Washington to meet with officials in the Department of Energy
on March 10, sharing his
designs and testing on his
prototype vehicle by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
submitted applications this month for grant funding to further his
designs, and asked for loans to help him bring his
engine to market.
A year ago, when he
Wauseon factory's open house,
had eight employees and planned to hire another 25 "within three months."
company has fewer employees than it did a year ago, most of them are part-time, and most of their time is spent selling and shipping his
original invention, the Valley Girdle - an add-on device that makes V-configured engines more efficient.
"That's what we're living on right now, the sales of the Valley Girdle," Mr. Pelmear
Douglas Pelmear, president of HP2g.com in Napoleon, and Henry County Commissioner Richard Myers met with officials of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in
said they had discussions with DOE officials to educate them about his
HP2g V-8 hybrid engine, which has achieved 110 miles per gallon.
explained the technologies of the engine and provided documentation of its performance ratings to DOE officials.
The Hp2g engine features variable displacement and electromagnetic pulse power within the same engine.
It can achieve fuel economy of 110
with tests showing better results than the 2016 standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
, according to Pelmear
claims the HP2g hybrid engine operating on E-85 ethanol fuel will help preserve the environment by reducing emissions by more than 66 percent.
The company is seeking startup funds to establish manufacturing operations to produce the engine.
said the DOE
is guiding them through the process for two programs for possible funding, one for grants and another for low-interest loans.
"We're moving at the speed we can, working with our own funds.
No banks are willing to consider financing us," Pelmear
as the reason for turning to the government for possible funding.
is also working to qualify for numerous ISO certification requirements for manufacturing automotive products, Pelmear
The revenue coming from those jobs and engine sales will positively benefit the local, state and federal economy, Pelmear
"We're holding confidential talks with major OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) in the automotive and agricultural farm equipment industries at this time," he
Ohio Congressman Bob Latta's office arranged the meeting with the DOE for Pelmear after previously touring HP2g's facilities.
to support him and his
The county had loaned the company $50,000 last year toward the cost of the application process for the patents on his
"It was quite interesting to meet with officials from the Department of Energy
was able to answer all their questions about ......
DETROIT - Napoleon inventor Doug Pelmear's HP2g engine won't be at this year's North American International Auto Show as he planned, but the owner of an Indiana boutique car maker said the fuel-efficient engine could be put in his roadster cars for sale by the end of the year.
The metallic green shell is built around a Ford GT platform, but doesn't have Mr. Pelmear's
engine mounted inside because there wasn't time, Mr. Collorafi said.
HP2g engine uses electromagnetic pulses and actuators at the top of each cylinder to help drive the pistons and crankshaft more efficiently.
also employs a variable displacement system that can take his
V8 engine down to just one cylinder when additional power isn't needed, yielding gas mileage Mr. Pelmear claims is in excess of 110 miles per gallon of E85 fuel.
A brief video explaining how the engine works is available on the company's Web site, www.hp2g.com.
Mr. Collorafi also said that his exotic sports car, which could be for sale as early as November, would come with one of three engines: a 605-horsepower supercharged Ford engine, the 638-horsepower ZR1 engine used in the Chevrolet Corvette, or Mr. Pelmear's
400-horsepower HP2g engine.
said yesterday his
engine company is "shopping" for companies to cast parts and do machining for his
engines, which he
plans to manufacture as early as this year.
Last year, he
opened a factory in Wauseon and is in the process of tooling it for production.
Financing remains an issue for Mr. Pelmear
said, adding that he
is pursuing angel and venture capital.
Peter Collorafi and Doug Pelmear
think they have the answer; they call it the Verde.
To accomplish these seemingly in compatible goals, Pelmear
created a "big block" V-8 engine (similar to a Ford Mustang's) that runs on ethanol.
also developed a proprietary hybrid function that uses ceramic magnets in and around the cylinders to power the car.
But Pelmear and Collorafi aren't worried.
Slated for production starting late 2010 at facilities in Ohio and Michigan, the Verde will initially be offered with a hybrid drivetrain in association with HP2G, LLC, whose CEO Douglas Pelmear has developed a 400 horsepower 4.8 liter V8 that can deliver up to 110 miles per gallon using E85 fuel.
explains how 110 mpg motor works
LAS VEGAS - A year after Doug Pelmear
Hp2g motor burst upon the automotive scene with claims of a car that could get 110 mpg, he
Last year Pelmear made news when he
1985 Ford Mustang to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and averaged over 100 mpg for the round trip.
Now, after a year of applying for patents and continuing testing, he
is back at SEMA
and this time he
was there to tell how his
Hp2g engine works.
On Tuesday of this week, he
told an audience that the car contains the marriage of an electric motor and a V-8 internal combustion engine, according to a press release based upon his
presentation in Las Vegas.
These are common in the racing world and Pelmear
has placed them on each side of the car, recharging them from existing technology such as regenerative braking.
Also, unlike other cars that use both an electric and gas motors, Pelmear's
design allows him to use both at the same time if necessary to achieve a massive 500 ft. lbs. of torque.
The variable number of cylinders in use also mean he
can go from 400 horsepower all the way down to 15 while cruising.
has not publicly disclosed the technology behind his
design, saying that he
was awaiting submission of his
patent applications before he
would show or explain how his
mileage claim has not been verified by independent third-party testin