His car got 463 MPG and ran on fumes

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Reg Tech Inc.

In 1997, Weston sold the rights to his invention to Reg Tech Inc. and its subsidiary, Regi U.S., of British Columbia, Canada.

Weston’s deal called for the two Canadian firms to pay him $100,000 cash, $400,000 in stock, plus royalties. If the companies never turned the device into a commercial product, the company would still have to pay Weston $24,000 per year for 21 years under the contract.

The company had the AVFS tested on a small engine by the firm Adiabatics Inc. in Columbus, Ind. The results showed it reduced hydrocarbons 71 percent and carbon monoxide 25 percent. The rate of fuel consumption was reduced by 15 percent to 30 percent. But the device increased emissions of carbon dioxide 12 percent and nitrogen oxides 296 percent. Those are greenhouse and smog pollutants.

Weston said those emissions increased because Reg Tech’s engineer failed to properly adjust the vapor/air mixture. “Not all engineers are mechanics,” Weston said.

In 2002, Reg Tech relinquished the rights to the invention back to him.

John Robertson, Reg Tech president, said in a phone interview last month the company’s patent attorney had advised the firm that Weston’s invention was “unpatentable” because it was “not unique.” Apparently, a similar system may have been used in race cars in years past, Robertson said.

The company dropped the invention because it would have been unwise to invest in it without the protection of a patent, Robertson said.

John’s riding lawnmower running very very efficiently on vapor – notice, again, that the 1 small bottle produces too much vapor and he has to dilute it by joining a second pipe of air into the mixture
(white with a red valve). See a smaller bottle of fumes powering his – very fuel efficient – motorcycle, below.

The industry expresses its standard disapproval [to keep us from trying it for ourselves and discovering the truth.]

“The automotive industry has made strides in the past 10 years to make cars that produce less of such smog gases as hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, said Jim Kliesch, senior analyst for clean vehicles at the Union of Concerned Scientists. [no, they have fought long and hard, in the courts and in Washington, against making any improvements!]

If a vaporization device such as Weston’s improved mileage to the levels that Weston claims, that would reduce gases contributing to global warming, said Kliesch. [an open recognition that Reg Tech’s testing through Adiabatics must have been flawed when claiming an increase in carbon dioxide and nitrogen]

“It sounds intriguing,” added John Cabaniss, director of environment and energy issues for the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers.

John Weston’s motorcycle outfitted with his very fuel efficient AVFS vapor system


Gas-saving invention sparks memories

GREG MARTIN, Charlotte Sun staff writer; Posted October 18, 2007

NORTH PORT – A story published last week about a 48-year-old Port Charlotte man’s invention that he claims allows cars to get as much as 400 miles per gallon garnered attention from Naples to Delray Beach and beyond.

It didn’t seem all that astonishing to 78-year-old North Port retiree Peter Simmons. In fact, it brought back fond memories. After reading the story, Simmons, a retired electronic instrumentation engineer, contacted the Sun to reminisce about the early days in his distinguished career, in which he worked to reinvent a vapor carburetor similar to the Port Charlotte man’s device.

“I’m quite sure it got 120 to 150 miles per gallon,” Simmons recalled. “Those numbers I remember. They’re cast in concrete in my brain, because every time we got up to 145 mpg or better, we’d say, ‘Gee whiz!'” Simmons is one of several alternative automotive energy buffs who contacted the Sun from across Florida in response to the article published Oct. 10 in the Daily News.

The article was about John Weston, who invented the Air Vapor Flow System. The invention consists of a tank mounted under the hood of a car that vaporizes gasoline by agitation. The car runs on fumes drawn from above the level of liquid gasoline in the tank.

A “super-charged” army?

Simmons, who was born in New Zealand and raised in England, said he suspects Big Oil has kept such innovations secret to protect profits. “It is my opinion that all this stuff has been kept quiet and unknown by the poor unsuspecting public,” he said. “They’ve all been taken for the biggest ride in history. We could have been getting 100 miles per gallon.” He has held that suspicion since the early 1950s, when he worked to develop a vapor carburetor with an engineering colleague he identified as Roy Lewelling.

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