Kansas Man Turns Gas Guzzlers Into Green Machines

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Even though hybrid vehicles are gaining popularity, one drawback is that you can’t just turn any old car into one. A Kansas man is hoping to change that by selling a hybrid conversion kit. His kit can turn any gas-guzzler into a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

"Right now I'm driving a H-2 Hummer, the epitome of a gas hog, says inventor Jonathan Goodwin. But believe it or not, I'm getting nearly 60, now more than 60 miles to the gallon."

Goodwin says he can turn gas-guzzlers like this into gas-sippers.

“Well we can turn this into one of the most fuel efficient hybrids in the world,” Goodwin says.

That sounds like a tall order, but Goodwin says it’s possible with what he calls a simple kit one can add on to their vehicle. It’s called the “Goodwin Assist.”

"It allows us to take an electric motor,” he says, “and bolt it to your existing engine in a more cost effective way."

In other words, instead of buying a hybrid, you’d buy and install this kit, or Goodwin would in his H-Line Conversions shop in El Dorado. Like other hybrids, it relies on lithium batteries you’d typically recharge at home. Goodwin says the savings are captured because electricity is cheaper than gasoline.

"Electricity is about 75 cents equivalent gallon to where gasoline is about 3.50 to $4.00 a gallon. It's got a tremendous cost savings on it," says Goodwin.

How much savings depends on how much electric assist is applied to the engine. The more electric is used, of course, the shorter the range before recharging is needed. Goodwin says he can make the Hummer get 100 mils-per-gallon or more depending on how much electric assist is applied. He says a Volkswagen kit got about 150 miles-per-gallon. He says the average Goodwin Assist kit for and S.U.V. costs about $5,000.

Now, it might seem a little pricey, but Goodwin reminds us that you can get a return on your investment in about a year and a half. Follow the link provided below for more information.

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