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Goodwin leads me over to a red 2005 H3 Hummer that's up on jacks,
its mechanicals removed. He aims to use the turbine to turn the Hummer
into a tricked-out electric hybrid. Like most hybrids, it'll have two
engines, including an electric motor. But in this case, the second will
be the [jet] turbine, Goodwin's secret ingredient. Whenever the truck's
juice runs low, the turbine will roar into action for a few seconds,
powering a generator with such gusto that it'll recharge a set of
"supercapacitor" batteries in seconds. This means the H3's electric
motor will be able to perform awesome feats of acceleration and power
over and over again, like a Prius on steroids. What's more, the turbine
will burn biodiesel, a renewable fuel with much lower emissions than
normal diesel; a hydrogen-injection system will then cut those low
emissions in half. And when it's time to fill the tank, he'll be able to
just pull up to the back of a diner and dump in its excess french-fry
grease--as he does with his many other Hummers. Oh, yeah, he adds, the
horsepower will double--from 300 to 600.

"Conservatively," Goodwin muses, scratching his chin, "it'll get 60
miles to the gallon. With 2,000 foot-pounds of torque. You'll be able to
smoke the tires. And it's going to be superefficient."

He laughs. "Think about it: a 5,000-pound vehicle that gets 60
miles to the gallon and does zero to 60 in five seconds!"

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