The rear-drive Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is rated at a very low 21/22 mpg on the highway. A vehicle that is claimed by GM to be one of their most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles produced today. Don’t be disillusioned by all the hype GM is creating, this hybrid only gets a very poor 22 mpg and it will cost you dearly in both fuel cost and purchase price - sells for a whopping $50,000.

Would you buy a gas electric hybrid that delivered 200+ mpg (miles per gallon)? Sure you would, if the price was right. Is 200 mpg even possible? The answer was yes in 1933 and the answer is yes in 2010. In 1933 Charles Nelson Pogue made headlines when he drove a 1932 Ford V8, 200 miles on a gallon of gas during a demonstration conducted by The Ford Motor Companies in Winnipeg, Manitoba using his super-carb system. In fact, many people attested to these mileage claims as The Pogue Carb went into production and was sold openly. However, one of the crucial factors of these systems is the use of “white” gasoline, which contained no additives. It was soon after this much publicized test that oil companies started adding lead to the fuel. Lead is an anti-catalyst that rendered Pogue’s carburetor as inefficient as a regular carb.

Why did the oil companies act quickly to contaminate pure gasoline with lead and later other additives? Because Charles Nelson Pogue was awarded a US patent based on the design and the verified demonstration of its function in 1933, sponsored by the Ford Motor Companies. US Patent # 2,026,798 was awarded to Charles Nelson Pogue on January 9, 1936. The patent states: “This invention relates to carburetors suitable for use with internal combustion engines and in an improvement on the carburetors shown in my Patents # 1,938,497 and # 1,997, 497. ” Pogue’s patent describes in great detail the workings of his high mileage vapor carburetor. This carburetor was developed and patented to improve the efficiency of internal combustion engines by atomizing and vaporizing liquid fuel before it is injected into the combustion chambers. By atomizing and vaporing liquid fuel higher fuel efficiency is achieved and far less and almost near zero emissions is produced.

It is an often a misconception that most vehicles on the road today already burn gasoline vapors in their internal combustion engines. The fact of the matter is, gasoline powered vehicles tody burn finely divided particles or droplets that are sprayed from the carburetor or fuel injectors, into the engine cylinders.

This is a very wasteful process of converting gasoline or diesel to energy. Maybe 20-30 % efficiency at most. It has been known and demonstrated for 60 or more years that burning gasoline vapors will give easily 5 times the mpg and near zero emissions. Actually if the vapors are heated to the necessary temperature of 450 degrees F, the gasoline vapors are actually fractionalized by catalytic cracking and converted to smaller light molecular hydrocarbons, methane and methanol.

The problem with todays technology

Gas prices are going up, more cars are on the road, and more cities are experiencing extreme vehicle exhaust pollution. With todays technology this was to be expected. Even with the manufacturing of gas electric hybrids the problem still and will continue to exist. Why? Because the gas part of the gas electric hybrids is what gives the vehicles any kind of usefulness as the batteries are quickly depleted in electrical charge and can go no farther than 50 kilometers. The gasoline part is still very fuel inefficient. Even though they are sold as green vehicles they still emit high levels of CO2 emissions. The reason why they still are fuel inefficient and major polluters is because the internal combustion engines of the hybrids are still injecting the same old finely divided particles or droplets of gasoline and not gas vapor. The development of Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Fuel Cell vehicles are not proceeding at a fast enough pace to make a dent cleaning up the air in most cities. The new Hybrid Electric Vehicles are a sham as they cannot travel any practical distances on electric power. Gasoline is still needed in large quantities and they still create a lot of pollution because they still haven’t changed how the gasoline is consumed. The introduction of fuel injectors didn’t reduce the amount of fuel entering the combustion chamber nor did they atomize and vaporize the fuel so that it would burn completely. Instead the fuel injectors injects more fuel into the combustion chamber by injecting the fuel under high pressure. The manufacturer designed it that way and that is the only reason why all “return-type” fuel injection systems have a return fuel line - to return the excess of fuel being injected into the engine back to the fuel tank. Take two of the newest hybrid trucks that are sold by the government owned GM today. Both the 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and 2010 GMC Yukon Hybrid having fuel economy ratings of only 20 mpg city and highway. Both are hybrids so you would assume that they would be more fuel efficient. The only green on these hybrids is the name hybrid that is glued to these gas guzzling and CO2 emitting trucks. Neither have any increase in fuel efficiency, in fact they have worse fuel efficiency than 1987 vehicles that had fuel economy ratings of 22.1 miles per gallon.

The solution

Ok now what? How do we increase the fuel efficiency of the vehicles on our roads and achieve near zero emission? The simplest solution is to manufacture vapor fuel systems, like Charles Nelson Pogue did. His patent is available for all to review, even the automobile manufacturers. I am sure with all of the high priced engineers on the payroll of GM, Ford and Chrysler one of them can use Pogue’s patented idea and incorporate a vapor fuel system into the design of all of their vehicles. I am sure one of their engineer geniuses can even come up with an after market fuel vaporizing conversion system that any auto mechanic could install on the millions of vehicles already on the road. If Charles Pogue could design, patent and equipped a Ford V8 coupe that reportedly got over 200 MPG so can the more advanced engineers employed by GM, Ford and Chrysler. Will the Big 3 actually do this and give us consumers a vehicles with much higher fuel efficiency and near zero emissions? Highly unlikely. If they won’t design and produce more fuel efficient and clean vehicles then why not take matters into our own hands and finance and build a cleaner and more fuel efficient vehicle - or at least a fuel vaporizing conversion system that can be attached to all of their vehicles. Why not design and build a true green hybrid vehicle. A 200+ mpg gas electric hybrid. Impossible? I’ve already shown you that it isn’t impossible and Charles Nelson Pogue is the proof. Have you heard about another Canadian inventor who has come up with a design for a gas electric system that can be easily built and installed in both cars and trucks. The design by FuelReducer is a hybrid conversion system that uses a brushless AC electric motor, an induction coil, a potentiometer, a single 12 volt automotive battery and a very small gasoline or diesel powered engine. Will it actually work? We may never know because development and testing takes a large amount of money. The Big 3 have a lot of money but they won’t invest any of it towards building a more fuel efficient and near zero emission vehicle. The little guys, like FuelReducer, have the design and know how to build them but no money to manufacture a high mileage and near zero emission fuel system, let alone a whole vehicle. That is the main reason the Big 3 are not the least bit threatened by any new technology emerging that will improve the inefficiency of their polluting vehicles. Pogue drastically improved the fuel efficiency of a 1930s Ford V8, over 70 years ago yet none of the Ford vehicles on the road today have fuel efficiencies higher than 45 mpg. The 2011 Ford Fusion has a fuel efficiency of only 41 city/34 hwy (EPA estimated ). You would think Ford or one of the other Big 3 would have hired Pogue to improve on his design and at least one of the Big 3 would have build their vehicles with Pogue’s carburetor. Since your vehicle doesn’t get 200 mpg or even 100 mpg you know they didn’t. Instead Ford bought Pogue’s patent and shelved it. When the money he got from Ford (to buy the patent) ran out Pogue went to work making oil filters for the motor industry.

A brilliant idea was wasted and today we are still driving around in fuel inefficient and polluting cars and trucks. Green hybrids doesn’t mean environmentally friendly. Green refers to the huge amounts of green paperbacks you are going to have to fork over to GM, Ford and Chrysler to reduce CO2 emissions and save the planet. In case you haven’t noticed, the price tag for all of their Hybrids are nearly double the price of their strictly gasoline vehicle. That is on purpose. Why? People will only buy what they can afford. With the high cost of living and our low paying jobs, we will always choose the lower price. The poor and middle class can’t afford the price tag of a hybrid and the Big 3 auto makers know that. The Big 3 have purposely overpriced their hybrids so that you and I are forced to buy their cheaper polluting gas guzzlers.