Jonathan Goodwin of H-Line Conversions is the owner of a racy looking 1957 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina Hardtop that’s equipped with a prototype version of his Echarger, a device bolted on the car’s engine that improves its fuel efficiency and reduces harmful emissions. The Echarger equipped Pontiac was invited to participate in the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s “Battle of the Builders” during the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Goodwin is an automotive entrepreneur who earned a good reputation for converting hundreds of gas-guzzling H1 and H2 Hummers into “Green” machines with bio-diesel fed power plants. Those vehicles, boosted to over 850-hp, were capable of 25-plus miles-per-gallon operation.
The 1957 Pontiac Chieftain is finished in a sparkling gold color and has the look of a Bonneville Salt Flats racer. The Echarger installed on the car showcases a revolutionary new bolt-on technology that increases horsepower by using an electric motor to provide extra energy to the engine. When the added power is assisting the car’s regular internal combustion engine, it creates a dual-fuel approach that provides more power and uses up less gasoline.
In addition to cutting harmful emissions, the power train design utilizes regenerative braking to minimize fuel consumption and increase efficiency by as much as 25 percent. The 1957 Chieftain’s Echarger is configured to run either on pump gas or E85. However, the same technology can be reconfigured to operate on virtually any motorized vehicle with similar results.
Goodwin’s operations are based in Wichita, Kan. For more Echarger information, visit echargersystem.com.
Article courtesy Speedville.