"Back to the Future" 
Electric DeLorean Demonstration
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Doug Littlefield photo 

Chevrolet Blazer SUV to be converted to all-electric

BEND, OR November 6th 2002 Bruce Meland writes:

Carl Tilley is converting a Chevy Blazer to electric for the next demo run along with the electric De Lorean. The run will be in about a month. They had mechanical problems with the Xterra of lining up the motor between the transmission and transfer case. I just called Carl Tilley and they were pulling the engine on the Blazer as I spoke to him, so it will be a while as there is just Carl and an assistant working on the project. As far as I am aware, this will be the first electric Chevy Blazer on the planet. I am hoping to go down to Tennessee to cover the event, perhaps in early December. Carl said he has already gotten 300 emails from the write-up we did about the electric DeLorean in our recent Preview 2004. Stay tuned to www.tilleyfoundation.com and our web site www.electrifyingtimes.com for up to date info on the Blazer conversion and next demo run near Nashville in early Dec.2002. 

Bruce Meland editor-publisher Electrifying Times. 

NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY Sept. 7, 2002 If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

The attempt by Carl Tilley and his Tilley Foundation Group, to reveal some new self-powering technology with their electric DeLorean demonstration was cut short by mechanical failure. 

After the 17th lap (or about 23 miles) at 70-90 mph, the electric DeLorean threw a left wheel bearing and had to cut short the expected 500 mile or more run without battery recharging from an electrical outlet.

Another DeLorean owner, witnessing the Saturday super EVent, indicated he has replaced 2 rear left wheel bearings within the last year, so apparently they have company.

After the introduction to the race, fans and serious followers of revolutionary technology saw race car driver Bobby Allison take the TEV (Tilley Electric Vehicle) at speeds of 90 mph for 3 laps and then roll into the pits for Carl Tilley to take over.

Even 3 laps at 90 mph should have depleted some of the battery banks energy, reflecting lower voltages, but when the batteries were measured for voltage, using a Wavetek 27XT multimeter, the batteries tested at 144.8 volts.

A full 12-12 volt battery pack deep cycle, when fully charged, should read about 168 volts and as the energy is used the voltage drops to less than 144 volts. But Carl Tilley uses standard starting batteries which normally don't go as high in voltage. It also depends when the batteries are measured. Are they measured when being charged or at rest? At rest and after a run by Tilley, the batteries were still at 12 plus volts a piece. So they were reasonably charged.

On the14th lap, Carl heard a popping sound from the left wheel, and on the 17th lap, after 23 miles, the left wheel bearing completely gave out.

Disappointedly, this prompted him to head for the pits. Thus the highly anticipated run was put on hold for another day.

Again measurements of the batteries were taken immediately at the pit, and they again showed no noticeable drop in voltage!

This is very good news for techno nerds because the12 off-the-shelf Wal-Mart car batteries connected in series should have been depleted by that 23 miles "high speed run."

Instead the Superstart non-deepcycle batteries were still at 144.8 volts. 

The Tesla Black Box again saved the day, but put too much pressure on the weak link, the left wheel bearing of the "Back to the Future" DeLorean, which was never designed for the uneven stresses of a curved track like the Nashville Superspeedway.

Conversations with Carl Tilley after the race indicated they will immediately replace all bearings on the car and ad sway bars to distribute the weight better.

Carl also indicated he would have an electric SUV running with the TEV for their next demonstration run, perhaps as early as mid-October.

Stay tuned to the Electrifying Times web site for further TEV demonstrations and subscribe to Electrifying Times as the TEV will appear on the front cover of the New Preview 2004 all color edition. This blockbuster issue which will feature 50 electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles that will make our lives and the environment somewhat cleaner. We will dedicate a page to the details of the electric DeLorean, and will try to glean some information about the black box technology. Stay tuned!!!

Bruce Meland Editor and Publisher 

Read Bruce Meland Commentary written before the try-out
plus many more up-to-date postings on the ET List

Read Sterling D. Allan's Report
Read the official Tilley Synopsis
Read Gene Mallove's Report

Tilley Parody Website
(Funny as heck!)

Comments from Bill Dube' + Reply from Carl Tilley & Bruce Meland

From: Bill Dube bdube@boulder.nist.go (ET staff writer)
To: Bruce Meland etimes@teleport.com (ET publisher)
Tuesday, September 10, 2002 3:37 PM
Subject: Perpetuating a fraud does more harm than good

You write:
Instead the Superstart non-deepcycle batteries again were still full at 144.8 volts."

You have this all wrong and you should know better.

A fully charged pack of 12, "12 volt" starting batteries should measure at least 154 volts, not 144.8. A fully charged 12 volt car battery measures 12.8 to 13.0 volts. At 144.8 volts, the pack is nearly flat. This is less than 12.1 volts per battery. This is about 90% discharged, perhaps more.

I read that this person put a voltmeter on the discharged pack and showed folks that the voltage was rising. He then claimed that the rising voltage was caused by his device somehow recharging them. This is fraud, plain and simple.

Everyone that has ever driven an EV, or knows anything at all about lead-acid batteries, is well aware that after a heavy discharge, the voltage will slowly rise. It takes several hours for the voltage to stop rising and reach a steady value. The batteries will recover to some extent if you simple let them rest awhile. This is due to the diffusion of the reactants inside the battery. The acid gets a chance to soak into the plates a bit more.

Nothing special going on here. Just plain lead-acid batteries in a fancy conversion.

Bill Dube'

From: Carl Tilley cktilley@bellsouth.net
To Bill Dube' via ET List
Saturday, September 14, 2002 7:12 PM
Subject: Re: Perpetuating a fraud does more harm than good

Thank you....I know what the batteries should read....actually they should read 156 if fully charged... however our device has to be over 25 miles per
hour to work and start charging... on the last lap we were dragging the back wheel so hard we could not get the speed and we depleted a large sum of amps because of the drag and low speed... you are also correct batteries will come up when setting but not that high... bottom line is you are correct
but you were unaware of the drag factor and charging speed required to keep the system charged.

Carl Tilley

Bruce Meland Comments:

I agree the term full was a mistake on my part and that full should be deleted. [deed is done. Remy C. ET web-ed] I know and most EV guys know that a full 144v battrey pack should read 168 volts or more when fully charged.

I called Carl recently and asked him about this point and he said that on
the last lap, as the bearing was going out it was putting pressure on the axel and the shaft and it slowed down below 25 mph. With this amount of drag he said his on board generating device does not work below 25 mph. The last lap put a pretty good drain on the battery. So a reading of 144 plus volts in the pits after this run is reasonable to expect. Another comment he made, with one many conversations with him, is the fact that his charging device works better with standard car batteries than deep cycle batteries.

Apparently his device is related to Edwin Gray circuit and motor. Mr. Gray discovered that a discharge of a high voltage capacitor could be shocked into releasing a huge, radiant, electrostatic burst. This energy spike was produced by his circuitry and captured in a special device he called a conversion element switching tube. The non-shocking, cold form of energy that came out of this "conversion tube" powered all of his appliances and motors as well as recharged his batteries. Mr. Gray referred to his process as "splitting the positive" (Note that he says a conversion element switching tube and perhaps there is a exothermic or exoelectrostatic cold fusion type of reaction of an element in the tubes) that are producing the excess energy.

Nicola Tesla actually discovered this effect in 1889 and supposedly powered a 1931 Pierce-Arrow at unlimited speeds and distances in that era. First it
was Tesla, then Gray and then perhaps Tilley. Another explanation of where
the extra energy might be going from is the ether or what some scientists
call zero point energy. Where electrostatic energy, like neutrinos and high
energy gamma rays are entrained into the high frequency mosfets (high speed switching device like transistors in computers, only able to handle a lot more current) or tubes in the case of "Tesla Times. Tesla did use tubes in his device to power the Pierce-Arrow.

The first zero point electromagnetic radiant energy patent 5,590,031 was
issued to Dr. Frank Mead of Edwards AFB in Dec 1996. He created high
frequencies with spherical receivers, evidently shown in his patent, to
access and convert to electricity. So lets wait for further demonstrations,
which Carl Tilley says will be in a month or so, before we pass complete
judgment one way or the other.

In the meantime for one of the best records about this type of energy - get a hold of the book " Free Energy Secrets of Cold Electricity" by Dr Peter Lindemann http://www.free-energy.cc. We recently did a free energy issue of Electrifying Times (Vol 8 No 3) which discusses the subject in some detail.

P.S. Carl Tilley indicated there will be at least 2 EVs on the track next time. He indicated the Electric DeLorean is up and running after a complete
wheel bearing replacement and sway bar install. He drove the TEV today. He welcomed any good EV conversion to come to Lebanon, Tennesse and they will add the charging device for the demonstration run, supposedly at the Nashville Superspeedway . Bill why don't you bring your Wectric Wabbit for a first hand experience?

Bruce Meland ET Editor and Publisher