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Jamaica- “Electrogen” The Fast, Fumeless and Solar Powered Car

Known in Montego Bay as a top entertainer and businessman. Paul Hurlock is quietly carving out a name for himself as an inventor. But, he insists music is his first love.

“I’m a musician by profession… I have performed extensively on the North Coast at such hotel properties as Sandals, SuperClubs, Half Moon, the Hilton, as well in the United States and Europe,” he said.

Paul Hurlock

However, the owner of Day-O Plantation Restaurant and Bar in Fairfield, Montego Bay, said he has always been intrigued by futuristic transportation.

“This is something I always wanted to be involved in. So, in 1996 I built the Electrogen — a battery-operated car,” he said. “It took me two years to build.”

Hurlock said he did not have any training in this area of expertise, but his passion was fuelled by his curiosity by reading.

According to him, the rocket-shaped, right-hand drive, four-seater, sea gull-winged door vehicle is powered by 12 lithium batteries that can be charged either by the sun or electricity.

“The sun charges three batteries and when the vehicle is started, those three are powered to charge the rest,” Hurlock  said.

Electrogen

The inventor said anywhere the outdoor the vehicle is parked, the batteries are being charged.

“So, it’s an on-board charging system,” he said.

Hurlock said since the vehicle has no engine and it does not give off toxic fumes, it is very environmentally friendly.

“This is cutting edge technology,” he said.

The musician, who has produced three albums, said the Electrogen can reach a speed of up to 100 miles per hour.

Another feature of the Hurlock’s Electrogen is that it can also be used independently as a standby generator.

“It can generate electricity to power a house or complex — whether using 220 volts or 110 volts. I have used it to power two buildings simultaneously. One building is 5,000 sq ft while the other is 7,000 sq ft. And, I did this for two or three days,” he said. “And, I did this a few times.”

“It’s an amazing car,” he continued.

Hurlock said the material used in constructing the body was sourced locally and it took a team of three to four persons to help him create his dream car.

“Steel sheet metal was used for the body,” he said.

The ‘dream team’ comprised a body man, electrician and, according to him, “some who helped to balance the vehicle”.

“Jamaica is filled with talented people,” he said.

The native Montegonian said he used his personal resources to bring the car to life and he is of the view that there were other persons locally who have great ideas that will never see the light of day because it is generally extremely difficult to get funding for projects of such nature.

“If I didn’t have the money to make this vehicle, it would still be an idea,” he said.

At the time, the cost of making the vehicle was US$15,000.

Hurlock said while his creation is roadworthy, it still needs some ‘fine tuning’ on the inside to make it comparable with the best of the imports on the local market. He said also that he has not sought to licence or insure the Electrogen, but uses it as a special attraction for his property.

He, however, has high hopes for his creation.

“I hope to, one day, make more of this car for sale… perhaps 30 or 40, but they would be part of a limited edition,” he said.

“That’s not the only futuristic vehicle that I’ve made. I just completed the design of a flying machine. The engine and the body are ready… I just have to put them together,” Hurlock noted.

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Feedback From the Public

Okay. I’m really excited about your green car. That’s like everyones’ dream car — fast, sexy, road-beast and expensive too (over a million dollars — cool).

You should bring it to the annual Denbigh Agricultural show this year, 2012. However, I agree that to lobby for support of car manufacturers in Asia to produce it in bulk is a really brilliant idea. Be aware of persons who will steal your concept and make billions. This should empower our Minister of Technology to start a car manufacturing in Jamaica.

— Tavon Imani

Serious piece of ingenuity

Mr Hurlock, congratulations on your project.

It is a serious piece of ingenuity that has a lot of potential. Nobody has a product that has the capability of yours at the moment. My advice to you is to lock it down, get a lawyer and start the patent application immediately. Don’t let any tourist or local people view your creation.

Failure to do so will see it copied and neither you nor Jamaica will benefit from this work. It will be owned by First World countries and they will reap immense rewards.

— Mark Brown

Innovative

A very innovative idea, skilfully developed into a realistic motor-vehicle by obviously very, very talented locals.

We all hope to see more of this. However, the Electrogen is not as unique, or cutting-edge as it may seem, as there’s a North American company called Tesla Motors, which has designed and manufactured a 100 per cent electric vehicles with a phenomenal 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.7 seconds, and capable of travelling 245 miles per charge, generating 288 horsepower.

— Shannon McNeil

Congrats

Congratulations, Paul.

Excellent work. I wonder if you living in the US, what impact you would have had on the society and what your fortunes might have been?

You should consider talking with the government research unit and working with Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) to establish a private placement. You should then establish contact with product development corporations in the US, China, Japan and South Korea, but get yourself a good patent attorney first. It appears that your product has some good concepts. Good luck.

— Cosford Roberts

Amazing

Amazing!! Yet the press only sees the bad of our sweet little country, Jamaica land we love. Keep up the good work, my pal.

Keep thinking all Jamaican thinkers. God bless our homeland, Jamaica.

— Selvin Williams

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Source: Jamaica Observer (Story Originally published Janaury 27, 2012)


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