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You Could Have a 110 MPG Vehicle Right Now

EW YORK (TheStreet) -- Doug Pelmear may have patented the final auto-industry solution -- a working, 400-horsepower, big-block V8 engine that really does get 110 miles per gallon.

But he's running on fumes.

"I have seen a lot of things. Was it ugly? Yeah," he told me over the phone last week. "But you learn to see what you have. And you don't cry about what you don't have."

This sober Pelmear is a faint echo of the sparkplug of an entrepreneur I met three years back. The then-successful Napoleon, Ohio, speedshop owner had combined a 19th century engine technology called the Stirling with rotating-fire cylinders and in-piston magnets to dynamically alter the horsepower and fuel consumption of traditional V-block motors.


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"U can have a 110 mpg vehicle right now"? No you can't!

"U can have a 110 mpg vehicle right now"? No you can't! Big oil won't allow it.

Haven't we learned anything from the death of street cars? Back in the 30s, GM, Standard Oil, and Firestone Tires conspired to steal the urban transport market. They joine forces and successfully lobbied every single city in America to remove their streetcars.

And they did it. Streetcars were perfectly good modes of public transport. But they didn't need gasoline, they didn't need tires, and GM was not in the street car manufacturing -- but they did make buses!

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"