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A letter to investors

Dear investor

We have a business idea for the car industry. Currently, due to global warming, many governments including the Chinese and European ones have legislated to end the production of cars with engines in around 20 years, because of tailpipe emissions. There are challenges with doing this, and this proposal seeks to ease the transition.

The challenges:

1. Higher prices of electric cars, due to the cost of batteries, and also the availability of rare earths to make batteries.

2. Lack of charging infrastructures, and the cost to build them.

3. Continued use of fossil fuels to generate electricity in many countries, which means emissions are shifted to the generator, instead of the tailpipe.

4. Emissions when producing the batteries, which take a long time to be compensated for through many years of not using fuel in vehicles.

5. Subsidies need to be given to induce buyers to take electric cars, and government coffers are bleeding. Studies have shown that when such subsidies are ended, the sales of electric vehicles collapse.

6. Possibility of blackouts when a sizeable number of electric cars are plugged in at the same time. This leads to widespread chaos, for example if the subway also has a power out.

7. Problems with recycling of batteries.

Driver resistance to electric car technology:

1. Time needed to charge the vehicle. Users fighting over chargers, with some pulling out plugs from other cars. Need for specific payment methods for each charger company, and multiple types of plugs.

2. Cost of charging at chargers, especially if they are high speed chargers. Studies have shown that the cost per km is equivalent to or greater than fossil fuels, over which they are supposed to give a saving.

3. Shortening of battery life if charged regularly on fast chargers.

4. The chicken and egg problem of providing excess chargers, or first encouraging purchases of electric cars.

5. Cost of servicing the electric car and battery replacement. Few mechanics outside of the car maker's workshop will know how to service electric cars.

6. Dangers of being electrocuted or worries about radiation by lady drivers, when asked if they would buy an electric car.

7. Fire risk. Due to fires being very difficult to extinguish and the likelihood of them restarting, the danger to property is significant. Firemen I have interviewed voiced their concerns that there aren't enough real situations so that adequate training can be provided, and mock scenarios are used instead.

8. Increased air pollution by tyre wear particles due to the 40 percent extra weight of electric vehicles, and wear and tear of road surfaces.

9. Halving of range (how far an electric car can be driven on a full charge) due to cold weather, because the heater has to be turned on. In the tropics, range will be diminished because of the need for the airconditioner. These are not helped by the exaggerated range figures from the car makers.

10. Much higher insurance cost due to more expensive parts and difficulty and risk of electrocution during repairs.

Solutions of some car makers:

1. Honda and Toyota believe more in hybrid versions of cars, which pair engines with a battery that is smaller than that in a fully electric vehicle. More advanced versions may have a plug for wall outlet charging, albeit with a shorter driving range.

2. Toyota and Hyundai are encouraging the use of hydrogen electric vehicles, and this means that there will not be a 100% effort behind fully electric vehicles. This might lead to a Beta vs VHS situation for video recorders in the past, with consumers being confused, and therefore reluctant to take the plunge. They may hang on to their engined cars instead.

3. Some makers like BMW have declared the engine to be able to survive beyond 30 years, some like Peugeot bemoan the throwing out of engines altogether when they have potential to be developed further, and the ignoring of the pleas of the car engineers, who know the cars better than the politicians. These people will continue to improve on the internal combustion engine.

Our solution:

We propose installing the Surbo air charger into cars with engines, including hybrid ones. The Surbo has been observed to quicken the charging of hybrid cars. The Surbo has consistently saved 10 percent fuel for most cars, and this means that the carbon per km will be lowered by 10 percent, as the carbon per litre of fuel is a constant. If the Surbo is designed into new cars, the improvement may be more than that, because we can propose using the best materials, practices and drivetrains from each car maker. This will buy time for the electric and hydrogen car makers to come up with more affordable and acceptable offerings, so that car buyers will not reject them. The Surbo also cuts diesel smoke, and can be applied to diesel vehicles, while taking advantage of the fact that diesel engines really produce less carbon per km than petrol engines in the first place.

For the aftermarket, we can help to set up installation points all over the world to help each car currently in use to reduce their carbon footprint. We are already operating from the Vicom vehicle inspection centre at Bukit Batok. As for compliance, the land transport authority of Singapore, LTA, permits changes to the air intake, so long as emissions do not increase. As stated, the Surbo is already reducing emissions by 10 percent.

Envisioning the perfect car

In installing the Surbo since 1998, we have worked on most cars and there are good cars and there are average cars, and cars with problems. They have strengths and weaknesses and are not at their full potential. We wish to share our experience in the hope of making cars better right from the beginning. Wouldn't it be good to have all the good components and best practices in a car, that is affordable and efficient?

If you are a car owner, the Surbo, with its ability to increase engine power output with higher density airflow, gives you an edge over other cars in the same class. By reading articles here, you will understand your machine better and be able to make it serve you well for longer.

If you are a car designer looking for a solution to beat the competition or to meet carbon regulations, we are able to help. Our experience with available air intakes, sensors, engines, gearboxes, gear ratios and rpm limits enable us to help you design the most effective and reliable setup for the Surbo on various vehicle types.

Our core abilities are:

  • Increasing engine horse power and rpm.

  • Adding torque over an extended rpm range.

  • Improving fuel economy of engines.

  • Improving throttle response, reaction time of automatic gearboxes, acceleration and top speed.

  • Reducing turbo lag in petrol turbo or diesel turbo engines.

  • Increasing power in engines of hybrid vehicles and their momentum, which means they can charge faster during acceleration, and harder during engine braking.

  • Reducing black smoke from diesel or turbodiesel vehicles. The recent investigations into NOx emissions of certain European car manufacturers show that their diesel technology is below expectations, and we are willing to share our experience in this area. The Surbo audibly reduces engine knock, indicating that engine temperature drops. As NOx production increases with temperature, the Surbo has a good chance of reducing NOx.

  • Reducing the carbon output of engines. See this page.

  • Enabling engines to be downsized yet maintaining power and torque output. A smaller engine reduces carbon output and improves handling due to less weight in the front of the vehicle. For diesel engine components, this could mean less reciprocating mass, which will lead to even higher rpm and better performance.

    Other applications of Surbo

  • The Surbo has been fitted on many cars, light vans and trucks, and also on motorcycles, a scooter, boat, a racing gokart, and tractors. We believe it is possible to apply the Surbo to lawn mowers, grass cutters, engine-powered generators, hovercraft and even light aircraft with internal combustion engines. We currently have 2 Surbo sizes, one for vehicles up to 2.4 litres, and the other for bigger capacities. Larger sizes are being tested. If you are interested, please WhatsApp your requirements and we will tell you if the Surbo can be deployed.

  • Application in certain forms of electric vehicles, for example, hydrogen vehicles, which have air intakes like hybrid cars with internal combustion engines. Similarly, the Surbo can be used in electric cars with aluminum-air batteries. The Surbo can also be used to aid the palm oil driven electricity generator for a prototype electric car in Malaysia. This is useful in places where power stations or fuel pumps are not widely spread, but have lots of palm oil. Indonesia and Malaysia account for 84% of the worlds palm production, and it is growing too in Colombia, Ecuador and Guatemala.

    We can give more details to interested parties. Please contact us for a presentation.

    Heng Y T
    Surbo Engineering Singapore
    Tel/ WhatsApp +65 98572661


    Watch this video showing how engine revs with Surbo

    Watch the video above showing how an engine revs with Surbo. Or watch it with the How it works page.

    Video of Volvo XC90 T8 with Surbo, sprinting to 130 kph

    Above: video of Volvo XC90 T8 with Surbo, sprinting to 130 kph.

    Video of Volvo XC90 T8 with Surbo, sprinting to 211 kph

    Above: video of Volvo XC90 T8 with Surbo, sprinting to 211 kph.

    Video of Volvo XC90 T8 with Surbo, sprinting to 224 kph

    Above: video of Volvo XC90 T8 with Surbo, sprinting to 224 kph.

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