Kirk Dougal/Times Bulletin Doug Pelmear, inventor of the Hp2g motor, speaks to a room full of people at the Van Wert Rotary Club meeting Tuesday.
Kirk Dougal/Times Bulletin Doug Pelmear, inventor of the Hp2g motor, speaks to a room full of people at the Van Wert Rotary Club meeting Tuesday.

Times Bulletin Editor

VAN WERT - The Van Wert Rotary Club meeting at Willow Bend Country Club on Tuesday was packed as members and guests attended to listen to Doug Pelmear speak.

Pelmear is the inventor of the Hp2g motor which he says will revolutionize how the world looks at automobiles. The motor is now in a 1987 Ford Mustang and produces 400 horsepower at 500 ft./lbs. of torque on E85 fuel. As reported in the Times Bulletin previously, despite this drag car-like performance, Pelmear has also documented the motor achieving 110 mpg on a trip to Las Vegas for a car show.

For those who have been following his progress, he gave an update on the performance of the motor. While at an auto show in Washington D.C., Pelmear reported that the HP2G motor achieved 90 mpg. The difference in the mileage was explained by revealing that he and his crew drive the car to the auto shows. As such it was loaded down with multiple people, luggage, tools and their show equipment. Also, while at the show, the car was in an outdoor display area so it sat running at an idle for up to 12 hours so that visitors could hear it running.

Conversely, Pelmear recently allowed NBC News and a car manufacturer to put it through its paces, though he declined to say which manufacturer. During that test, he loaded the car as if it was on a normal commute to work. At that time, the car reached just under 137 mpg. EPA emission tests also showed that the car is emitting about 1/3 of what the Obama Administration wants other autos to cut back to by 2016.

Pelmear reported that he had received his U.S. patents but that he was still working on his international patent protection. He also pointed out that one of his other inventions was completely financing the Hp2g project, that he had not needed to take in outside investors at this time. Pelmear has also met with POET, one of the world's largest producers of ethanol, who also has a facility in Putnam County.

During the question-and-answer segment, he was asked about his goal for the motor. Did he intend to perfect it so that he could sell the technology to a car producer like Ford or GM or even one of the oil companies? He laughed and shook his head.

"If I was going where money talks, I'd already have been sold," said Pelmear. "I've been offered more money than you could ever believe."

But that does not stop people from attempting to buy his invention. He said that he had been contacted again just on Monday by Chinese investors wanting to take the technology overseas. But Pelmear said his goals are much bigger than merely money.

"I put this up as being bigger than just myself," he added. "What are we teaching our kids if we sell out? I think there is a bigger issue than money. Northwest Ohio is where I've kind of planted myself and that's what we are moving in, why we are even here."

But not everything has gone easily or well. Pelmear reported that there have been attempted break-ins at his facility in Wauseon. He has also received threats against him and his work. In fact, with Pelmear at the meeting was not only Mark Schnitkey, his Business Development Director, but also a bodyguard. Pelmear reluctantly admitted that the situation really had come to that level.

Despite these conditions, Pelmear said that he has orders for about 300,000 motors. The next step is to not only ramp up production but to also get the after-market centers up and running around the United States.