|Tai Robinson's Green Hummer Diary to Electrifying Times||
Friday, October 10, 2003
There you will find the beginnings of the Intergalactic Hydrogen dot com web site. Our latest project is building a concept vehicle called "Green Hummer" This vehicle will embrace Intergalactic Hydrogen's philosophy that multi-fuel vehicles are the answer to building the need for a Hydrogen Highway. Our prototype vehicle will be on the road by this 24th of October, 2003. This vehicle will have the amazing ability to run on 5 fuels. Hydrogen, CNG (compressed natural gas), SVO (straight vegetable oil) and Bio-Diesel while retaining its ability to still use Diesel. After a brief introduction of the vehicle in Taos, New Mexico the Intergalactic Hydrogen Green Hummer will be driven to California on the 1st of November with a documentary film crew aboard. This "Air Cleaning" Hummer is currently under construction in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
World Peace Through Clean Air!
Saturday, October 11, 2003
We would like to move up the departure from Taos to make it to the CH2BC meeting in Torrance on 31 Oct. Then I have been invited to showcase the Green Hummer at a special event at EVS-20 on the 17th. Would also like to offer the "Governator" the opportunity to use the Green Hummer for his Inauguration.
Thursday October 16, 2003
ET: We invited the entire limousine and livery industry based in Southern California to attend EVS-20 today.
sounds useful. If you know of anyone in the electric drive that would be
interested in partnering up for a hybrid H2combustion/Electric motor drive
vehicle, that would be a great match.
Tai: Yeah, the Hummer will be ready. All parts are
ordered, some arriving and starting to be installed. Unveiling is at the
Angel's Nest Retreat last week of October. California premiere will be at
CH2BC meeting on halloween, maybe we
need to get it a costume? Having trouble getting into EVS-20. They denied
our media registration for an
Ecolonomics in Action article. Delegate registration is too much for
our budget and the only way to get a vehicle in the ride and drive is to
have a booth. I will be talking to the booth person tomorrow, do not know
if we can swing a deal. Both GREEN HUMMER and H2TOY should be at this
Unfortunately it will be illegal to drive on
California highways until we get
California Air Resources Board (CARB)
and EPA certification. The only way Intergalactic Hydrogen can even think
about cert. is with Mr. Schwarzenegger and the Natural Gas Vehicle
I am hoping we can streamline the cert. process and eliminate the prohibiting costs so conversions can actually be a reality. Argentina does 25,000 CNG conversions a month for $600, the only CARB certified CNG conversion costs $12,000 from Baytech in the good 'ol USA. And NGVC is such an exclusive country club with absolutely no educating or marketing that it is killing the industry.
I would like to see CNG vehicles coming from the original equipment manufacturers (OEM), but they are not providing the vehicles that the consumers want. Supporting OEM's and not supporting aftermarket conversions is too limiting, we have the technology to make solid, reliable aftermarket conversions and these need to be promoted instead of squashed.
Right now we also need bi-fuel, or multi-fuel vehicles to really use them. The CNG and Hydrogen infrastructure will not grow without demand and without the cars there is no potential for the demand. Having a CNG vehicle retain its ability to use gasoline is a good thing not a bad thing. That means that particular vehicle is available to a much larger audience than just fleets with their own fuel supply. With the price of gasoline rising and the lower cost of CNG, consumers will purchase the lower cost, cleaner fuel when it is available to them. But they have to be able to use their vehicle anywhere they would use any other vehicle and for now that means using a little gasoline. But I am not worried about this because economically CNG makes sense to the consumer and they will demand to use it if they have the vehicle they want to drive capable of operating on CNG.
Limos, taxi cabs, rental cars they are all in our sites.
The larger the vehicle to be converted the better we can lower mobile
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
I would like to propose to you displaying our
concept vehicle GREEN HUMMER at the ride-n-drive event at EVS-20 in Long
Beach. As well we would like you to have the opportunity to display our
prototype vehicle H2TOY. This history making 1999 Toyota Tacoma is the
first vehicle to cross the USA using hydrogen for fuel. Intergalactic
Hydrogen, being educators and working with the nonprofit Institute of
Ecolonomics to further public awareness of sustainable technologies does
not have the budget to reserve both space to display our multi-fuel,
flex-fuel vehicles. What we do have to offer is bringing with us members
of Mr. Schwarzenegger's transition team and maybe an appearance by Arnold
himself. With this comes a wonderful opportunity for EVS-20, the state of
California and the American Fuel Vehicle industry. I would appreciate your
time in discussing this further.
I was contacted on Monday by Rick Margolin at Environment Now about getting a revised bid in to him so they could make the decision. He was not clear on exactly what they wanted out of the conversion other than the ability to run on hydrogen. All he knows is it is an H2 to be converted. We need to know the year, VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and miles on it before we can even give a proper bid. Our bid is unique in that we will be able to deliver a CARB certified vehicle for CNG and a blend of H2 at up to 30% within about a month of getting the contract.
After that we will
have experimental registration to modify it to run on 100% H2. My sources
say no other bidders are offering Cert. We think this is what has to be,
so when people see this thing, they could legally purchase it if they want.
Once people see Mr. Schwarzenegger driving an air cleaning Hummer, they
are going to want one also.
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Friday, October 24, 2003
Tai: Yes, I found it in that looooong list of employment opportunities at JoinArnold.com and put it at the top of my positions requested. They may not be ready for me to sit on the SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District) governing board! We might actually get the air clean starting with the dirtiest mobile source polluters and working our way down the dirtiest vehicles list.
Procurement officer would be good, then I would get to recommend all state vehicle purchases. That might be a conflict though if I ordered all Intergalactic Hydrogen converted vehicles. I would love to shake things out at CARB and ignite a revolution of conversions that could be economically viable without the burdensome expense associated with certification. Since CARB steeped in the industry has died. Maybe 10,000 conversions in the state the last ten years.
Argentina is converting 25,000 per month at $600 US dollars each with parts and labor! Talk about the government squashing an industry! The big OEM's actually get to skip certification costs if only producing a few thousand vehicles of a type. We small guys have to pay a prohibitive amount to cert. which can never be recouped selling as few conversions as the market demands right now. Especially at the price we have to charge to cover expenses. We got to change this.
CA is where they need the air cleaned the most and it happens to be where it is the most restrictive to do so. Our original bid to the Schwarzenegger camp was approaching $400,000 to deliver a certified vehicle, legal to drive on CA highways. All our partners are willing to do this job at cost to them so Arnold is getting the absolute best deal anyone possible could to develop this vehicle.
I just sent my proposal in and they expect to put it to bed next
week. I hope I bid high enough to cover all associated costs... I also
hope I bid low enough to get the contract. This is tense. I believe we
have offered the absolute best option with our group of California
businesses performing work at cost to provide a certified conversion with
our promotion team in place to do a broad based media assault with this.
Tai W. Robinson
W. Fred Robinson