I’m sure you have asked yourself some disturbing questions, such as:
These are good questions! You ARE a thinking man. You are NOT stupid. Unfortunately somebody else is stupid. That is to say, short sighted. What happens in actual fact is that the auto factories are not independent. They are directed and controlled by greater forces of economy and other vested interests. Short sighted, yet powerful (filthy rich, that is) businessmen, direct the general flow toward lower and lower gas economy. They want you to waste gas.
That’s the reason for all those gas hogs on the road. Lately they dropped in sales because people are starting to realize what a trap they have been led into: temporarily affordable gas prices, and giant SUV’s pushed on us as the fashionable thing to have; the automakers and the advertising machine that serves them have pushed everybody and his wife to purchase a great “Sport Utility” vehicle that never sees any more sport than hurrying up to a show-off party or shopping at the mall.
We’ve been conditioned to think “performance”, and we started to think in terms of “GOOD VEHICLE equals FANCY equals BIG AND STRONG equals SHOW OFF equals HORSEPOWER” and so forth. Look at the endless stream of TV ads for huge vehicles and luxury sports cars. Nobody is trying to sell mileage.
They want you to waste gas and they want engines to run hot and burn valves and pistons and lubricating oil, and they want the systems in your vehicle to clog itself up with unburned fuel. THEY THINK THEY WILL SELL MORE CARS THAT WAY AND IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING FOR THEM. For a while, only for a while (short sighted, I said) because they are destroying the economy and the planet for their own sons and daughters.
Automakers know they have poorly designed vehicles – and the fact that every car MUST have, by law, a large and expensive catalytic converter – is an admission that they don’t burn gasoline correctly in those new designs. The function of the catalytic converter is to burn AND WASTE all the unburned fuel – caused by poor engine design!!!
George Wiseman from Eagle Research, Canada, says:
Dennis Lee from Better World Technologies, USA, says:
Lou LaPointe from Bright Technologies, USA, calls this planned behavior “Detroit Fever”. He says:
Cars developed in Japan are more mileage- and environment-friendly, but are not fantastically better. There is actually not ONE really good car in all those glittering show rooms around town. Electric hybrids, you said? I hear you. Those are fantastic and quiet in the parking lot, gliding near you with barely a whisper. But on the highway they are in the same stinking ballpark as everybody else.
According to a recent study by WantToKnow.info, a worldwide research group, since 1908 and the Ford-T, the average mileage DROPPED by almost 40%!
While every other technology soared through the roof during these past 100 years – MPG has become twice as bad. Do you see a pattern yet?
And when you see that all this is happening in spite of severe warnings against planetary destruction and oil dependability being a national hazard, you can clearly see that we’re dealing with criminals. In positions of power, but criminals just yet. To rely upon them to correct the situation is a big waste of time. Why? Because once they have done a crime, they MUST continue to do it in order to justify their actions. They have no plans to correct their car designs any time soon.
Have you watched the movie “who killed the electric car?” It is not a new scene. For many years, from time to time a too-good of a design slips by their watchful eye into the market. Soon after, that model is recalled and disappears (it’s not ancient history – Toyota’s 100-MPG Eco Spirit has been “erased” only a couple years ago). They know what they are doing.
YET SO DO WE. We know what we are doing – we are filling up the gap LEFT BY AUTOMAKERS, and we’re doing it by detecting and testing any doable and affordable gas economy trick under the sun; but not only that – we also teach it to others! This is a grassroots movement that will win by numbers. Quiet numbers of DOERS, not TALKERS.
We ask you to lead the way and show the way to your friends, your family and the people of your country. Your family’s future relies on what you do here and now.
However in many modern vehicles, the computer is designed to run the engine on a too-rich mixture. By “mixture” we mean the mixture of fuel and air being fed into the engine. We speak about air-to-fuel ratio, which simply means the ratio between the amount of air flowing into the air intake of the engine, and the gasoline or diesel fuel being mixed with that air. It is a common thought between mechanics that there is some ideal ratio. However in the water-fuel industry, we find that these ideas have to be re-adapted to a new reality: WITH HYDROGEN BEING FED INTO THE ENGINE AS WELL AS REGULAR FUEL, the ratios can be very different – in the direction we want – which is less fuel (costly stuff) and more air (free stuff).
“Rich” mixture means that there is more fuel in the mixture, and “lean” means a mixture with LESS fuel and more air. We want to “lean” the mixture. And now we can.
Now back to the question of “What if my vehicle doesn’t even have a computer?” – well the answer is that it does not matter. Even if the engine is designed in such a way that considerable amount of fuel is being saved automatically, it is still desirable to lean the mixture further down, to maximize fuel economy.
We’re not going to discuss everything about it. I just wanted you to understand the principle: less gasoline or diesel fuel, more air, that’s what we want. And there are many ways to do this, depending on the vehicle. Below we’ll touch only the typical fuel-injection system.
The Oxygen Sensor, fitted to tha injection system, (also called O2 Sensor) but that’s not the whole story. It’s just a very common story.
A low-cost and simple method of dealing with the Oxygen Sensor is to somewhat block its ability to sense oxygen. To understand how this method works, let’s get familiar with the main parts of the typical Oxygen Sensor:
Tha Oxygen Sensor is installed in the exhaust pipe near the engine and “senses” oxygen flowing through the exhaust pipe by comparing temperatures of its inner part (Sensor Tip) to the temperature of outside air.
This description is far from being accurate or complete, but we’re not going to go into great scientific details. If you want to understand more about these sensors, visit http://www.aa1car.com/library/o2sensor.htm
The goal is to fool the fuel injection computer into sense MORE OXYGEN than before, thus signaling the computer: “The mixture is too rich!”
The computer then compensates with a leaner mixture and possibly a slight advance in timing. This result is smoother engine operation and much better MPG.
Banyak cantik pengeluar kereta buat supaya kereta “makan” minyak ! Jadi pasanglah apa pun alat penjimat minyak, tak akan berkesan punya….
In the past, fuel savers, would not work when applied to fuel injection because fuel injection systems are actually designed to prevent efficient combustion! Increasing the combustion efficiency of an engine increases the exhaust oxygen percentage. Most fuel injection engines use an oxygen sensor to infer the air/fuel ratio of the engine, the increased oxygen content in the exhaust is ‘read’ by the computer to be a lean mixture in the engine. The computer then adds extra fuel to bring the pollution back to ‘normal’. This problem led to the development of the Electronic Fuel Injection Enhancer (EFIE, pronounced Ee-Fy). The EFIE allows you to apply an offset to the voltage coming from the oxygen sensor, so your vehicle’s computer is completely unaware that the oxygen content of the exhaust has increased. Hence, the HYDROPOWER will work on fuel injection engines.
NOW WE KNOW THE SECRET……..
On a recent run from Boston to Cape Cod, I test drove the 2008 Honda Accord, the latest version of this family favorite. The new Accord boasts an environmental first: a six-cylinder gasoline engine that’s cleaner than many hybrid systems.
There’s only one catch: You can’t actually buy this ultra-green Accord, or the four-cylinder version that also produces near-zero pollution. That is, unless you live in California, New York or six other northeast states that follow California’s tougher pollution rules. Only there can you buy this Accord, or the roughly two dozen other models that meet so-called Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle standards, PZEV for short.
Not only can’t you buy one, but the government says it’s currently illegal for automakers to sell these green cars outside of the special states. Under terms of the Clean Air Act—in the kind of delicious irony only our government can pull off—anyone (dealer, consumer, automaker) involved in an out-of-bounds PZEV sale could be subject to civil fines of up to $27,500. Volvo sent its dealers a memo alerting them to this fact, noting that its greenest S40 and V50 models were only for the special states.
So, just how green is a PZEV machine? Well, if you just cut your lawn with a gas mower, congratulations, you just put out more pollution in one hour than these cars do in 2,000 miles of driving. Grill a single juicy burger, and you’ve cooked up the same hydrocarbon emissions as a three-hour drive in a Ford Focus PZEV. As the California Air Resources Board has noted, the tailpipe emissions of these cars can be cleaner than the outside air in smoggy cities.
That’s amazing stuff. But what’s more amazing is how few people have a clue that the gas-powered, internal combustion engine could ever be this clean.
Naturally, no company wants to bring too much attention to a car that most people can’t buy, unless it’s Ferrari. And there’s the catch. PZEV models are already available from Toyota, Ford, Honda, GM, Subaru, Volvo and VW. They’re scrubbed-up versions of familiar models, from the VW Jetta to the Subaru Outback. But chances are, you’ve never heard of them.
These cars aren’t the only green leaf that’s being dangled over our heads. The sweet-looking, sporty-handling Nissan Altima Hybrid borrows its hybrid system from the Toyota Camry, and sipped fuel at 32 mpg during my week-long test drive here in New York. But once again, if you’d love to buy the Nissan and burn less fuel, you’re out of luck—unless you live in California or the Northeast.
t’s not all the fault of the car companies. The crazy quilt of environmental regulations is forcing carmakers to design and build two versions of the same cars. And it costs real money to make a car this green. So in states where there are no regulations to force their hand,automakers don’t want to have to boost their prices for the green versions—or to simply eat the extra cost and make less profit.
Honda appears to be doing just that. It currently charges Californians and other green-staters about $150 extra for these solid-citizen models. But experts suggest that it costs carmakers closer to $400 a pop to install the gear.
Another issue: The PZEV cars don’t get any better mileage than conventional versions. Would most self-interested Americans even pay a lousy 100 bucks for cleaner air that doesn’t put fuel savings back in their pocket? “With hybrids, the selling point is fuel economy, so there’s a dollar amount on that,” said William Walton, Honda’s product planning chief for U.S. cars. “We want to give people the cleanest vehicles we can produce, but how much are people willing to pay for clean air?”
Then again, so what if Honda or others lose a few million at first? Toyota clearly went into the red on every Prius it sold in the early years, but shrewdly viewed that cash as an investment to create buzz and build a loyal following. Today, Toyota dealers can barely keep the Prius in stock—and the company has surrounded itself with a green halo that’s priceless.
As often as automakers express envy and resentment over Toyota’s image, you might think Honda would be filming TV ads, erecting billboards, shouting from rooftops that the Accord is the world’s cleanest six-cylinder car. In the green game that Toyota has played like a chess master, it seems like this is a lost opportunity for Honda, Nissan and the rest to siphon off some of Toyota’s goodwill.
So give Honda’s talented engineers credit for this clean-burning Accord. But give its marketing department a big, smoggy raspberry for keeping it a virtual secret—and keeping it off-limits to buyers in 42 states.
Lawrence Ulrich lives in Brooklyn and writes about cars. His reviews and features appear regularly in The New York Times, Popular Science, Men’s Vogue and Travel + Leisure Golf.