Tri-Hybrid Stealth » Featured A Revolutionary Vehicle Wed, 10 Nov 2010 05:48:51 +0000 en hourly 1 Inventor Drives for United Way Thu, 12 Aug 2010 19:12:16 +0000 admin  

Jay Perdue demonstrates his Tri-Hybrid Stealth in a send-off press conference held by the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region. Perdue will be using the vehicle to collect donations for 26 United Way agencies across the country.

August 12, 2010 

Tri-Hybrid Stealth is a bit of a contradiction in terms since the homemade, high-mileage vehicle will be used to raise green awareness and promote the United Way.

The odd-looking, three-wheeled machine is intended to draw attention primarily to the dependence on foreign oil and American’s resistance to change.

“This country’s dependence on foreign oil has got to stop,” local inventor Jay Perdue said Wednesday at the offices of the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region, where he kicked off his coming cross-country trek. “Two-thirds of the U.S. trade deficit is in foreign oil.”

On Aug. 15, Perdue, who owns Perdue Acoustics in Erin, will participate in the cross-country Rally Green race for amateur-built vehicles designed to achieve more than 50 miles per gallon. He plans to include a return trip that ends in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 13.

“Stealth” refers to the three-wheeled vehicle’s flat-panel shape, which resembles the stealth bomber, Perdue said. “Tri-Hybrid” denotes that it is powered by pedal, electric motor and diesel engine.

Along his trip, Perdue will collect donations for 26 United Way agencies in a “pass it forward” fashion. He’ll pass around a large plastic jug at stops for contributions from bystanders, then give the contents to the next United Way he visits.

“His wife Vicki is one of our board members,” said Beckie Moore, executive director of the local United Way. “She encouraged him to look at United Way and put a plan in place of how to help.”

Jay Perdue said the Tri-Hybrid Stealth also reflects the three pillars of the United Way — education, finance and health.

He said students from elementary age to college ”have climbed all over” the vehicle, asking questions and learning about the technology, aerodynamics and energy-efficient concepts.

“The U.S. has 4 percent of the earth’s population, but we consume 25 percent of the earth’s resources,”he said, adding that America is a “me, my, mine society” that needs to downsize. “We need to change that mindset. We need to change attitudes about fuel-efficient cars.”

By reducing fuel consumption, people save money, which goes to the United Way’s finance leg.

Wes Nolen, who is helping with promotions, said today’s cars average 22.5 mpg. Increasing the  
mileage to 60 mpg could save a car owner $1,100 per year.

“If you invested that money in the stock market each year starting as a teenager, you could retire a millionaire,” he said.

Part of the Tri-Hybrid’s propulsion is supplied by human power, which improves the drivers’ health.

A pedal mechanism at the front turns a modified alternator, which keeps 14 lawn-tractor batteries charged. In turn, the batteries power an electric motor that can propel the 875-pound vehicle from 0 to 60 in 10 seconds.

When the car reaches 20 mph, a highly fuel efficient diesel engine, fed by only a one-gallon tank, takes over to bring it up to highway speed. The maximum is currently 80 mph, but Perdue believes he can reach 100.

He has achieved 320 mpg in a smaller, single-seat version, but he projects 160 mpg for the two-seater that will head out to Knoxville, Iowa, soon.

After participating in a parade for that town’s famous sprint car race, Perdue will be one of three competitors in the Rally Green, a six-day race to San Francisco. Next, he will travel to Los Angeles, where he hopes for appearances on television programs.

The 3,000-mile return trip will cross the Mojave Desert a second time and pass through Clarksville around Labor Day weekend before continuing to Washington.

Perdue is not looking for a major car manufacturer to pick up his idea for mass production, but rather would like to see the average handyman build his own with available motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle components.

“Somebody with limited tools and limited knowledge can build one for $6,000 to $7,000 in about a month,” he said. “It has a metal frame and flat panels. You just cut everything to shape and screw it together.”

Following his trip, Perdue said, he will be working with the Tennessee Technology Center in Dickson to design plans for building the vehicle.

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News Channel 5 Interview Mon, 19 Jul 2010 22:52:57 +0000 admin


By Brent Frazier 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Like any boy with a curious mind, Jay Perdue has fond memories of being inquisitive as a child. He removed the engine in his model train set and placed it in a much less speed worthy Barbie Dream Car. 

Perdue was laying the ground work for a career as an inventor. 

“I’m making electricity right now,” said the 55-year-old native of Erin. 

He pedaled outside the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. He was not seated on a bicycle, but sandwiched inside his latest creation: an aerodynamic, not so aesthetic, homemade Tri-Hybrid Stealth car. 

“I would say a stealth fighter without wings,” is how Perdue would describe the funny-looking contraption to someone who could not see it. 

Perdue is about to embark on a 5,000-mile, cross country trek to raise money and to raise awareness about national issues like the trade deficit, the environment, the country’s dependence on foreign oil and physical fitness. 

“I can pedal while sitting at a stoplight, or I can pedal at 70 miles an hour,” Perdue explained, justifying the “tri” in the name of his road-ready creation. 

The car is mobilized by three power sources: diesel fuel, electricity and human exertion. Perdue assures pedaling is completely optional, but it does help charge the 46 lithium ion phosphate batteries that generate a total of 80 volts. 

Perdue’s traveling companion, appropriately nicknamed “Stealth,” is fully insured, licensed and road ready. He’s never been pulled over by a police officer, but he’s always able to turn heads. Jay Perdue hopes to also change minds and sell the fuel efficient car concept to an auto maker like Ford or GMC. 

His trip, set to begin August 15, and dubbed “Pass It Forward,” will take him first to Knoxville, Iowa, the sprint car capital of the world; then to San Francisco; then to Los Angeles; and back through Nashville on or about September 7; then eventually winding up in Washington DC. 

Perdue will be collecting money along his route, and donating every dime to the upcoming chapter of the United Way. 

“Whenever I get to Little Rock I’ll be collecting money all the way from Little Rock to Memphis, and giving it to Memphis United Way,” explained Perdue. “From Memphis to Clarksville, I’ll be collecting and giving it to Clarksville.” 

This is the perfect time to be charitable toward the United Way, according to Beckie Moore, the executive director of the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region. 

“All the United Ways – you will never find one to turn money down,” said Moore. “Especially in this day and time when the economy is so tough, and then, with just – in Tennessee, especially – and other states that have had the floods.” 

Moore and Perdue have become fast friends in the midst of his latest endeavor. He hopes all of America will support him as he sets out to see the country in an unusual space-age looking contraption that can: travel at speeds of 100 mph; get 200 miles to the gallon of diesel fuel; average a travel distance of 400 miles per day, with one overnight battery charge; is 10 times more fuel efficient than the vehicles America drives; and weighs about one-quarter of a standard sport utility vehicle.

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Perdue to take ‘Stealth’ car on nationwide test drive Wed, 14 Jul 2010 16:36:11 +0000 admin

July 13, 2010


Jay Perdue is ready for the second phase of his Stealth project.

Perdue, inventor and part-time Erin resident, has been working for about 16 months on an unconventional, high-mileage car he calls the “Tri-Hybrid Stealth.”

The “tri” part of the name stems from the vehicle’s three power sources — diesel, electrical and human — and the Stealth from the car’s black, flat-panel appearance that recalls the U.S. Air Force’s stealth fighter jet.

“We’re in the prototype stage,” Perdue said, “and the next phase is to raise public awareness of the car.”

To that end, Perdue plans to drive the Stealth beginning Aug. 15 in the 2,000-mile Rally Green from Lincoln, Iowa, to San Francisco.

After that, he’ll embark on a 3,000-mile solo tour that will take him all over America — including through Erin — to a grand finale in Washington D.C.

Along the way, he’ll be collecting donations for the United Way with a theme of “pass it forward.”

His ultimate goal, he said, is for the Stealth to be marketed by a major motorcycle manufacturer.

I think it’s the best way to manufacture the Stealth for the American consumer, he said.

He figures the Stealth would sell for about $8,000 in its finished form.

“No component on the car,” he said, “costs more than $700.”

From now until the rally, Perdue will be “running the car all around Erin.”

Running, not puttering.

“We’re so close to achieving our goals for the car, which are:

zero to 60 in 10 seconds,
100 mile-per-hour top speed,
200 miles per gallon,
a 400-mile range to running all day long.”
Perdue said he has invested about $100,000 in the project so far, financed by his business, Perdue Acoustics of Erin and his native Amarillo, Texas, which manufactures and distributes architectural acoustic panels.

The project, which has been featured on the Discovery Channel, is in keeping with one of Perdue’s philosophies as an inventor.

“I just love,” he said, “to kill several chickens with one rock.”

The Stealth, Perdue said, “answers four or five of our biggest problems,” which he listed as the trade deficit, dependence on foreign oil, pollution, the overall economy and fitness.


“If I had to pick a main objective, it would be fitness,” Perdue said.

That’s where the human power comes in, as the Stealth has pedals — not so much for locomotion as cardiovascular stimulation.

Perdue explained:

“We desperately need exercise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, 90 to 95 percent of the people who have home fitness equipment or pay dues for membership in a health club, don’t use them. It just doesn’t fit into their day.

“They could pedal on their way home from work, at highway speed. You get your cardiovascular on your way home, take a shower and be done for the day.

“If we do that, and this is also from the Bureau of Statistics, we would need half the hospitals we have now. Can you imagine what it would be like if we went to the hospital only half as much as we do now?”

Perdue will be supported during his travels by his wife, Vickie, who will follow with a flatbed trailer in case mechanical problems are encountered, and by assistant Wes Nolen of Erin.

Nolen designed and maintains the Web site, helps Perdue with engineering the car, and is the project’s liaison with United Way.

Perdue likes the product of their labors, saying the Stealth has “tremendous power and speed.”

It also is light for a car, weighing 875 pounds, and isn’t all that complicated.

“It isn’t rocket science … just simple, logical engineering,” said Perdue, who classifies himself as “a very practical inventor.”

The car’s design is so fundamental, in fact, that Perdue said he is considering producing plans and kits for buyers to use in assembling their own Stealths.

Perdue came to Erin about four years ago to establish a second site for his Amarillo-based company, which does a lot of business back east. He decided on Nashville as his eastern hub and found a home in the 56,000-square-foot Erin building that formerly housed Southern Gage.

He and his wife maintain residences in Erin and Amarillo, where his parents, son and daughter-in-law live.

Perdue conceived the Stealth project three or four years ago, and for more than a year has worked on it “eight to 12 hours a day, five days a week.”

Not all is perfect.

“We’ve still got some vibration problems, so we need to make some aerodynamic adjustments.”

Perdue said the Stealth has an aerodynamic coefficient of 1.3 to 1.4, about a full point lower than conventional cars.

He said the Stealth, is “100 percent adaptable to heating and air conditioning” and eventually could be expanded to three- or four-seat models. Mileage would be affected by accessories and size.

On the prototype, all the components are under Plexiglas to make them visible to students and technicians when they are afforded the chance to observe or study the car.

Perdue will turn 56 in September, “somewhere on the road” during his trip from San Francisco to Washington. He’s hoping not too many more birthdays will pass before a major manufacturer gets behind the Stealth.

“If the big (car) companies don’t want it,” he said, “we’re hoping one of the big motorcycle companies will step up for a good three-wheel, tandem-seat, enclosed vehicle.”

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Team Stealth Plans 5000-mile Trip Across America Tue, 06 Jul 2010 15:51:32 +0000 admin Team Stealth is preparing for a 5,000-mile trip across the United States in a green vehicle designed to promote good health, high fuel economy and help raise money for United Way agencies across America. Perdue will begin his cross-country trip August 15 in Knoxville, Iowa., where he will travel to the west coast with other high-mileage vehicles in Rally Green — a race of 10 amateur-built vehicles designed to get over 50 miles per gallon.

Perdue’s car, Tri-hybrid Stealth, gets and estimated 200mpg and still travels over 100 miles per hour. The Stealth runs off electric, diesel and human power produced through pedaling.

“If I can build a vehicle like this in my garage, why can’t auto makers in Detroit?” said Perdue. “Look what’s happening in the Gulf. It’s time America starts building vehicles that will reduce our dependency on oil.”

Rally Green will end in San Francisco, Cal., on August 21. When it is complete, Perdue will continue his own quest to raise money for more United Way agencies.

On Aug. 23, Perdue will leave San Francisco and travel through a number of major cities across the entire continent. His trip will end in Washington, D.C on Sept. 13.

Perdue hopes to join with individual United Way agencies across the 5,000-mile route in his personal campaign called Pass it Forward. Perdue will be collecting donations from bystanders at each stopping point in a large plastic container. When he reaches the next United Way agency on his route, he will empty the jug and pass the gift forward.

Perdue hopes his charitable cross-country quest will help raise awareness for all United Way agencies. He is encouraging all Americans to make donations to their local United Way agency. “My wife [Vicki] and I are really active in United Way [of the greater Clarksville Region]. We felt this trip would be an excellent way to raise money not only for our agency, but for agencies across America.”

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The Future of Cars? ( Mon, 21 Jun 2010 02:51:35 +0000 admin Click here to watch video.

Jay Perdue interviews with a NBC affiliate, KAMR Channel 4, in Amarillo, Texas.


AMARILLO — One Amarillo man is hoping his Tri-Hybrid prototype car could be the future of cars.
“It’s tri-hybrid because it is a human electric-diesel power vehicle,” said Jay Perdue, the Tri Hybrid Stealth’s creator. “It’s stealth because you see it’s made out of all flat panels, but it’s extremely aerodynamic.”

In August, Perdue is taking the Tri-Hybrid Stealth on a 5,000-mile trip across the country, eventually ending in Washington, D.C. There, he has a message for Congress and Detroit.

“A guy that knows hardly anything can build a vehicle that goes 100 mph, gets 200 mpg,” said Perdue. “Come on, guys. They oughta be able to do this. This is not rocket science.”

The project all started 14 months ago in the garage at Perdue’s Amarillo-based acoustics company. He’s been working on it 8 to 12 hours every day since.
He got the idea after he became the first man to cross the entire country on land and water in the same vehicle. He also took that vehicle, the Peddle Paddle, across Lake Meredith.

“That got me to thinking, humans and machines can work so well together, and we desperately need exercise in America,” said Perdue. “Why can’t we do this?”

The diesel engine and electric motor work together to power the vehicle on a one gallon tank, with a little help from some foot pedals.

“You just got your cardiovascular! It’s built right into your day.”

Perdue swears anyone with limited mechanical and welding experience could make a car like the Tri-Hybrid Stealth. The interior clutches, one which controls the diesel engine, the other controlling the electric engine, are both used, modified clutches from a John Deere riding mower.

The Tri Hybrid Stealth is also street legal, registered in Tennessee, where Perdue operates a second acoustic business location and lives, along with his wife Vickie, for part of the year.

“Let police know I have insurance on this car,” joked Perdue.

The challenge ahead is making sure politicians and automakers come around on the prototype, or at least are convinced of the potential for smarter, more efficient cars in the U.S.

Perdue’s trip starts in Iowa on August 15. He’ll hit the West Coast before wrapping around and heading east to D.C. He expects to pass back through Amarillo around Labor Day.

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Wired Magazine: The Progressive Automotive X Prize Wed, 10 Mar 2010 17:27:16 +0000 admin

The dream machine: Team Tri-Hybrid

If the goal of the X Prize is to get innovation unstuck from the grip of conventional wisdom, Jay Perdue is an industrial-sized tube of cognitive lubricant. The Memphis, Tennessee, inventor is already a successful entrepreneur in his own right. He holds a slew of patents in acoustic materials and runs a large business manufacturing ceiling and wall tiles. But he’s also kind of a goofball. His X Prize entry isn’t his first run at an alternative vehicle; there was the Pedal Paddle, a bicycle with a small 1.6-horsepower gas-motor assist system and two fold-out pontoons that allow it to cross both land and water. In 2004, he rode it all the way across America.

“I did a stupid thing to prove my invention worked,” Perdue says. “I am accredited as being the first person in history to cross the United States of America on both land and water on the same vehicle. It was an insane thing to do. I should have died a hundred times, in 25 incredibly creative ways.”

Perdue spent 49 days criss-crossing the nation, covering some 4,000 miles on his odd contraption while spending equal time on land and water. And in the process, he had an epiphany about the future of transport.

“I’m chugging on the side of the road, and mostly it would be dirty diesel trucks coming by making it almost impossible for me to breathe,” he explains. “It just got me to thinking two thoughts. One is that, golly, this pollution thing is real! And then number two was, man, you can really get somewhere if you combine a little human power and a little bit of gasoline help.”

Perdue’s roadside revelation led him to conceive the Tri-Hybrid Stealth, named after the iconic military plane to which it bears a passing resemblance. The car goes from zero to 60 in just under ten seconds; not fast, but not exactly slow either. Better yet, in its first long-distance test run it averaged a stunning 300mpg, topping out at 320mpg. Of course, that figure will drop as he increases the car’s maximum speed: Perdue hopes to have it running at up to 100mph or better.

More to the point, the Stealth may have the most unique drive-train in the competition, running, as it does, on a high-compression diesel engine, an electric engine and human legs – hence the name, Team Tri- Hybrid. All three drive the rear wheel of the vehicle. The diesel engine runs constantly, while the electric motor runs intermittently to boost speed or climb hills – similar to the way the electric assist works in a Honda Civic Hybrid drive-train. The pedals exist as an option to give the car a little extra boost – pedalling can contribute an additional five per cent or so of power to the drive-train. Five per cent doesn’t sound like very much, but Perdue takes issue with that criticism – it’s clearly something he’s got used to hearing.

“I kind of chuckle sometimes whenever the engineers and people in the car business say the human effort is only five to ten per cent of the energy. And yet the very same engineers will tell you that every time the auto industry makes a five to ten per cent increase in fuel economy, it’s ground-shaking. So it’s like, give me a break. Which is true? Is it significant or is it not?”

Perdue sees the Stealth not simply as a chance to solve the problem of pollution and oil dependence, but also as an opportunity to tackle another problem of our times: the obesity epidemic. A recent study by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that two-thirds of Americans are either obese or overweight, and that obesity-related problems account for one-quarter of healthcare spending in the US. Perdue thinks he has an answer.

“Ninety to 95 per cent of Americans who own home fitness equipment or a [health club] membership don’t use either one. Neither one. So you’re paying for equipment, you’re paying for memberships and you never go and never use it. It boils down to the only logical thing I can conclude: that it’s a factor of time,” explains Perdue. “So think about it. If you could exercise on the way to work or the way home from work, it’s already built into your day. So let’s say you don’t want to arrive at work all sweaty; don’t do it. Don’t touch the pedals at all on the way to work. On the way home, get a good cardio and then jump in the shower. And you’ve got all that time still for your kids, your wife, your family, whatever you want to do, because you get [exercise] on the way home. And that’s my sermon on that deal. It’s like, golly! Everybody knows we need exercise; nobody’s getting it!”

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Discovery Channel Canada: Daily Planet Interview with Jay Perdue Wed, 10 Mar 2010 17:24:50 +0000 admin Originally aired on Oct. 30, 2007, Perdue explains the technologies leading up to the invention of the Exertrike Tri-Hybrid Stealth.

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Discovery Channel Canada: Daily Planet Interview with Jay Perdue Part Two Wed, 10 Mar 2010 17:19:43 +0000 admin Originally aired on Nov. 22, 2007, Perdue explains the technologies leading up to the invention of the Exertrike Tri-Hybrid Stealth.

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Inc. Magazine: They Just Can’t Stop Themselves Wed, 10 Mar 2010 17:15:53 +0000 admin

What You Learn by the Third Company: How to Leverage Your Resources Creatively

Vicki Perdue and her husband, Jay, managed to use the same machinery to serve two companies that manufacture goods for completely different industries. The Perdues, who were college sweethearts, became traveling musicians after graduation, playing pop songs at country clubs and nightclubs. Settling in Amarillo, Texas, they built a recording studio and sank $250,000 into debt. They took odd jobs building houses and teaching so that they could climb out of the hole, while continuing to work on the studio. Then Jay created innovative rockwool soundproofing for the recording studio, launching Perdue Acoustics, which has soundproofed auditoriums for NASA and Universal Studios. It had sales of $2.2 million in 2004.

Several years ago, Jay — who has filed 29 patent disclosure documents, including one for a wind generator and another for an electric-powered car — dreamed up a bike with pontoons to make it float. He figured out that he could use the machinery that made fiberglass soundproofing diffusers to make the pontoons, too. Later, the Perdues bought a plastic-molding machine to replace the fiberglass equipment and make material for both businesses. Last year, the couple started selling their floating bike, Pedal-Paddle, which retails at $995, to bicycle shops, boat dealers, camps, and marinas. Vicki handles the financials for both Perdue Acoustics and Pedal-Paddle, maintaining separate bank accounts for each venture. The Perdues have hired a full-time Pedal-Paddle manager-salesman, who works on salary plus commission, and they ask their acoustics salespeople to pitch Pedal-Paddle, too.

(Original caption from magazine photo spread) Jay and Vicki Perdue. Their first business was a recording studio. When Jay invented rockwool soundproofing for it, they launched a seperate business to sell acoustic panels that earned $2.2 million dollars last year. Next the couple started making Pedal-Paddles, bikes that float using the same machine that molds soundproofing products. In all, they have more than 25 inventions, five of which are patented, that they hope to turn into businesses.

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