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Saturn #3 Tests

 

After the Tour de Sol mileage competition in May we sold the 1996 Saturn SL1 which achieved over 100 mpg in competition.  Since then I have scoured the country for a vehicle to replace it.  I actually had a 1997 Saturn SC1 purchased on EBAY that we picked up in Florida when we delivered the 1996 Saturn to the purchaser Hydrogain Technologies in Pompano Beach.  The SC1 was a two door, which I learned to dislike because it was difficult to get the door open wide enough in a tight parking space.  My daughter thought it was a gorgeous car so I sold it to her.  Next I purchased a Kia Sportage for my wife so I could take over her Saturn SL1.  I drove it home from York, PA.  The Kia had a few minor problems that didn’t set well with my wife so I looked for another Saturn for her.  I found a 1999 Saturn SL1 on EBAY in southern New Jersey.  I bought the car and part way home found out it didn’t have cruise control and power windows as advertised.  It also had some deep scratches which really looked bad enough for my wife to hate the car.  Being a plastic car I tried a paint fix method that worked great.  The paint was dark blue and the scratches were white plastic.  I took a dark blue magic marker and colored in a scratch but the marker ink turned a reddish purple so I ended up using a black marker.  After coloring over the scratches, which overlapped onto the paint, leaving black marks worse than the white scratches.  Without knowing that a simple wax rubbing would have finished the job I did a buffer and rubbing compound job on the marks, which really made a mess.  I followed up with a buffer and polishing compound job, which still let a mess.  Then I followed up with a hand wax job and that brought back the finish to a nice job.  I touched up a few more scratches with the black marker and some wax rubbing to get rid of the marker overlap and the car looked great.  My wife loved it and decided to take it as her own.  Thank God I didn’t ruin the paint job with all the rubbing and buffing.

Finally I had a car that I could install Hydrogen Boost onto.  The Saturn SL1 that my wife used to drive was now mine and it had no power steering, which left room for the Hydrogen Boost hydrogen generator under the hood, like the first Saturn SL1 I had that got totaled by a drunk a few years ago.  The Saturn SL1 we got over 100 mpg in the competition had power steering, which caused us to install the hydrogen generator under the front fender.  This car makes a nice display for the system and I am scheduled to spend Labor Day weekend at a music festival that is featuring alternative fuel vehicles and innovative energy solutions, so the installation was just in time.

Monday before Labor Day I calibrated the Scangauge and adjusted the electronic control circuit, and drove to Vermont to visit my Mother, who just had heart surgery.  The rural highways were posted at 50 MPH but I drove well over that.  My trip to Vermont indicated an average of 60 mpg when I reached my mom’s house, which was 400 feet elevation higher than where I filled up and reset the trip mpg on the Scangauge.  On my return trip I went to visit my brother who just had heart surgery a few weeks ago.  The route was much more hilly so I did use some coasting techniques down the hills, and achieved 64 mpg on the return trip and 62 mpg for the whole trip.  Refilling at the exact same pump as the beginning of the trip I took 2.277 gallons after 148 miles, which calculated out to 65 mpg.  I didn’t figure this was correct so I squeezed the gas pump nozzle again until it click off the second time, totaling 2.5 gallons for an average of 60 mpg. 

It sure did feel nice to be equipped again with Hydrogen Boost.  It has been three whole months now without it, and I was getting pretty sick of watching the gas pump prices go up over 50 cents per gallon and not be equipped with the cutting edge of technology that we manufacture and market.  Even with driving tips alone I was squeezing out a fair mileage but it is so much easier and much better with the proper equipment.

Yesterday evening we went to church about 45 miles away on the Interstate and I ran the Saturn at 70 MPH, which traditionally gives a stock highway mileage of 40 mpg.  On the way down I couldn’t resist coasting down a couple hills and drafting behind a truck for 5 miles, achieving 52 mpg on the Scangauge.  On the way home I coasted down two hills and only achieved 50 mpg.  This calculates to a 30% improvement on the way down and 25% improvement on the way home, with just a hydrogen generator, fuel heater and electronic control circuit.  My oil has not been low enough to add the EXCEL PLUS engine treatment and I am going to pass on the synthetic oil this time because lately my car has been using about a half quart of oil every 400 miles.  I also still have the winter snow tread tires from last winter installed. 

These results are consistent with the results published in the Winter 2003-2004 newsletter.  So repeatable results confirm the following:

 

Saturn SL1 stock with snow tires, highway mileage at 70 mph                  40 mpg

With Hydrogen Generator, fuel heater, electronic control circuit             50 mpg             25% increase with equipment only

With above equipment and no driving tips at 55 mph cruise                    55 mpg

With above equipment and no driving tips at 45 mph cruise                    60 mpg

 

 

Highway 250 mile trip with driving tips                                                  60 mpg             50% increase with driving tips

 

Follow up Saturn baseline at 45 mph:

 

After testing the 1996 Saturn SL1 with Hydrogen Boost I was interested in how the stock Saturn SL1 would perform at 45 mph cruise on the same stretch of road.  I took the Scangauge and installed it on my wife’s 1999 Saturn SL1 with summer tires and did a few test runs on the same stretch of road, which has become our standard Scangauge test track.  The 1999 Saturn achieved an average mileage of 50 mpg at 45 mph.  Numerous runs confirmed that at this driving condition the equipment alone of the Hydrogen Boost system accounted for a 20% increase in mileage over the stock vehicle.  Actually our 1999 Saturn SL1 has always outperformed our 1996 and since the 1999 was equipped with much better rolling tires (summer tread vs. winter tread) and it was not loaded down with tools and a trailer hitch, I would assert that the difference in mileage, if they were similarly equipped, would have been closer to the 25% increase in mileage achieved at highway speeds.  But since we don’t want to base our test result on conjecture, we’ll just stick with the 20% increase in mileage that we have proof for.

 

 

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