While the big auto companies were still trying to bring to market the fuel efficient vehicles that the public is clamoring for, a small Troy company called Enginer — which achieved 70 mpg in 2009 — has 500 units on the road.
Enginer has created kits that convert the Toyota Prius hybrid to a plug-in electric hybrid. The company says its kits reduce fuel consumption dramatically in city driving.
The kits come in four versions — two kilowatt-hour, 4 kwh, 6 kwh and 8 kwh — at respective prices of $1,995, $3,495, $4,495 and $5,495. The company says payback periods range from two to five years.
“With this system, we can improve the Prius’ fuel efficiency by 40 to 100 percent,” said Enginer president Jack Chen.
Chen says the system can also be used in any hybrid vehicles and the company is seeking to work with the big auto companies to have Enginer system installed at the factory, instead of as an after-market add-on. It will qualify for $2,500 to $7,500 federal plug-in vehicle tax credit when a new hybrid equipped with a plug-in system.
Enginer is also developing other energy saving technologies which offer exceptional opportunities for investors in these times of rising costs for energy and high demand for innovative solutions.
According to the Enginer Web site, the system is much simpler and less intrusive than competitors’ products. It doesn’t alter the original vehicle’s control algorithm and design specifications and can be installed by a professional installer in two to four hours and by a do-it-yourself customer in about eight hours.
Enginer is also looking for auto dealers to serve as retailer and business partners to help in either product distribution or speeding its overall expansion.
More at www.enginer.us.