Meeting with Congressman Rob Whitman-hydraulic hybrids
Met with him yesterday, took my father along. Nothing like the credibility of an 87 year old decorated B17 pilot from WW2.
He was running late but still had time to spend 1/2 hour with us.
Very distinguished looking gentleman, very good listener. He even knew about Carnot's Law and the beauty of a single conversion of energy into an accumulator with peak efficiency of 99% (doesnt get any better than that).
I asked him to support the efforts of Va. Tech in their research and prototyping of my in-wheel Infinitely Variable Transmission-regenerative braking-direct drive.
Pop told me when we left that my presentation was flawless, "You hit a home run there son" were his exact words.
I emphasized the fact that the EPA predictions were for a class 2 truck with mileage improvements from 10 to 66 MPG city and 18 to 50 Highway, and told him I thought my design was the key component to achieving those mileage figures.
He told me he believed every word I said was truthful. he also told me there was a 25 Billion appropriation already passed to provide funding for research and he would do his best to see a portion of those monies were provided to Tech. he also told me he personally knew the Professor who was instrumental in arranging the class project.
Its hard to read a politician sometimes, but my impression was he was sincere. I offered to provide myself for any further questions or discussions in the future without any necessity for compensation, stating that if my design was that significant it would provide compensation for my efforts.
We talked briefly about the Big 3, I tried to be very considerate of his time and to stay on the subject that was relevant to our meeting. He kept several documents consisting of over 40 pages of information for copying, and promised to make it available for pickup at his office when that was done.
He asked me how the patents were progressing and I told him it was very difficult, but I thought it would be OK. If I had any problem I would contact him in the future. I also made my desire to see the US auto manufacturers be in a position to build a $10k simple hybrid vehicle that could be built with a profit margin of $2.5k and reach mileages of 80 plus MPG combined in a 5 passenger vehicle. A Model T of the 21st century.
Give them a fish and they live for a day. Teach them to fish and they live for a lifetime.
He asked me what I thought was possible for such a vehicle? I told him I thought it was entirely possible to exceed 100 MPG overall, and to imagine the effects on the environment, balance of trade, employment, and breaking the OPEC monopoly and forcing them to compete independently for lower worldwide demand for crude oil.