Have your ever run your car on “fumes”? They’re gas vapors that form when it evaporates. One man, John Weston, from Charlotte County, FL, has found these fumes useful and made a fueling system out of them so his car gets an incredible mileage: 463 miles per gallon! In European measurements (if I’m correct) this is 0.8L/100km!!! Wow! Not even VW’s latest gadget car can’t get this mileage!
John has found by trial and error the method to get the fuel vapors “inhaled” by the engine. He cut the fuel injector lines in his 1992 Geo Storm and adapted the whole thing to run on fuel vapors.
In an interview he gave to NBC-2, John Weston states: “It came up to 463 miles a gallon if we had driven in the same manner – a gallon. I drove from here to Fort Myers, and I’m up there keeping up with traffic running 80 mph.” The NBC reporters were even took to a test drive, where the engine stumbled a little bit and John said he put too much vapor on the pipe, so when he lowered the vapors, everything got back to normal.
Some mechanics say that disconnecting the fuel lines and not feeding the engine with regular liquid fuel will eventually ruin it. It may be so, but precautions can be taken and proper oiling can be made so the engine is well-lubricated. The same thing applies to natural gas-converted cars, and they run smoothly forever (it’s only gas, not oil). I don’t know much about mechanics, but if you find a system that gets you 463mpg, you’re also smart enough to find a proper lubrication system.
NBC-2 relates that John Weston is waiting for investors, because he wants to sell his invention so the whole world benefits from it. I keep thinking about hoaxes in the energy industry. Some solutions are too simple and too mainstream-published to be hoaxes. There are also law prosecutions for that matter. I don’t know. It remains to be seen. In the meanwhile, it’s a great idea having this mileage. If that car can run on nothing else but gasoline vapors, an idea pops into my mind: why wouldn’t a car run on hydrogen, for instance? Skeptics say you need a lot of hydrogen (much more than you can obviously produce on-demand). Is it true you do need that much?