Green Star Products, Inc. (OTC: GSPI) announced that it has successfully completed its full series of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) testing protocols.
Global Green Cars, Inc., a strategic alliance partner with Green Star Products, has completed its full testing sequence of its PHEV over the past month. Initial testing was completed on May 15, 2009.
The tests were designed to simulate intra-city driving delivery truck routes. The first series of tests were performed to identify the vehicle's efficiency, range capabilities and performance standards. The second set of tests, performed on June 3, 2009, were designed to test a variety of different components which will be available as options, including larger on-board IC engines and different combinations of hardware and software in the vehicle's computer system.
The results of the Testing Programs were impressive, as follows:
- The PHEV easily completed the scheduled 100 mile range test in simulated intra-city driving.
- The vehicle consumed 0.70 gallons of gasoline during its test, which equates to 143 miles per gallon (143 mpg).
- The vehicle also consumed about 75 cents worth of electricity that was used to charge the battery pack the previous night.
- At the end of the run, the battery pack still contained approximately 35% of its original charge. This was further confirmed by several high speed laps around the track at the end of the test. One of the final laps clocked its speed within 4.5 seconds off the track record, which not only confirms its power but also its handling ability on the race track.
- The most impressive statistic of this demonstration was the fact that the backup engine and generator were only a 1.6 kW unit. In fact, for those people who are not acquainted with electric power, this energy equates to the consumption of the average hand-held bathroom hair dryer. In effect, the backup generator can be visualized as equivalent to a bathroom hair dryer. This unique high-efficiency mini hybrid system is part of a patent pending complete package.
Intra-city driving delivery vehicles are the highest polluters and least energy efficient vehicles in use today on a per mile basis. For example, 85% of the huge U.S. Post Office fleet travels less than 13 miles per day yet consumes 2 to 4 gallons of gasoline per day. This is equivalent to a mileage of 3 to 6 miles per gallon. Compare this to the 100 mile test run of the GSPI plug-in hybrid which demonstrated over 100 miles per gallon at its preliminary test run.
Mr. Joseph LaStella, President of Green Star, stated that a 5-page, in-depth article was published on June 4, 2009, by the Times Tribune in Kentucky, where the writer of the article illustrated her personal feelings about her test drive of the electric vehicle.
Excerpts from the article by Ms. Ivy Brashear follow:
“I have a secret. There is something else at which I’ve always thought I would be excellent. I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I would love to be a race car driver.”
“So, when my editor, Samantha Swindler, told me that Global Green Cars, Inc. was test driving one of their electric cars at the Corbin Speedway in anticipation of a brand new plant they plan to build in Williamsburg, I jumped at the chance to drive that car around that track. It would fulfill my secret dream, how could I pass it up?”
“Also, I drive a hybrid car, myself, and I was curious as to how a totally electric car would compare to my own.”
“I was skeptical of this car’s performance. Will it drive faster than a golf-cart? Will I be able to make these turns quickly? Will I even make it around the track without the battery dying?”
“'The moment of truth,' I thought, and also my moment to become that race car driver I’ve always secretly wished to be.”
“I took the brake off and pressed the gas. It was like driving in a vacuum, with the only sound being the wheels on the pavement. It was surreal almost, not hearing the sounds a gasoline powered car makes — the shifting gears, the revving engine. It sounded like a golf-cart, but it drove as good as my hybrid — and as good as a car that guzzles gasoline.”
“There was no doubt about the electric car’s performance, especially after my inner Dale Earnhardt came out and I punched the gas so I could finally find out what it’s like to be a race car driver.”
“I wasn’t disappointed, even if I still had to make the revving sounds.”