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Vehicle displayed at International Auto Show
The HP2g vehicle, developed by Horse Power Sales in Napoleon, is displayed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit’s Cobo Center. The show ends Jan. 25. The HP2g is an alternative energy version of a 1987 Ford Mustang that runs on E-85 ethanol fuel and gets up to 110 miles per gallon, according to inventor Douglas Palmear.
“I have developed a revolutionary alternative energy solution that will reduce our reliance on foreign oil and keep our environment clean,” said Palmear, who cites years of working on engines with his late father in developing the vehicle. The HP2g is equipped with a V8 engine with 400 horsepower and 500 foot pounds of torque that was assembled in America with American auto parts made by American workers, according to Palmear.
The mileage performance verification was determined in a cross country road test when Palmear drove the HP2g in a 4,000-mile round trip from Toledo to Las Vegas to attend the 2008 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association Show in October.
Owens takes 200 to auto show
More than 200 high school students from Northwest Ohio explored careers within the automotive industry with a visit to General Motors headquarters and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The high school students from Penta Career Center, Start, Woodward and Whitmer high schools attended the GM/North American International Auto Show Education Day on a charter bus trip sponsored by Owen Community College.
The Jan. 21 trip was part of the college’s Automotive Service Educational Program sponsored in partnership with GM. The students visited GM’s Renaissance Center in the morning, meeting with executives and service managers about career opportunities in the auto industry. In the afternoon, they attended the International Auto Show with more than 700 vehicles on display at Detroit’s Cobo Center.
The annual Automotive Education Day is supported through a federal grant designed to create educational learning opportunities for students.
“It’s a great opportunity for high school students to be exposed to educational opportunities and career choices in the automotive field,” said Tracy Campbell, chairman of transportation technologies at Owens.