The Inventor

Jay Perdue’s first inventions were in the field of architectural acoustics, an industry in which he holds six patents (with more on the way).  He is the founder of Perdue Acoustics, an American company leading the way in state-of-the-art acoustic technology.  Today, because of the success and progressive growth of the company, Jay now pursues other dreams and passions, while his eldest son, Joab, continues to lead Perdue Acoustics to the forefront of the industry. Perdue Acoustics has two plants, one in Amarillo, Texas and the other in Erin, Tenn. The two plants together are the home of more than 30 American jobs.

Jay’s first patent away from the field of acoustics was the Pedal-Paddle, a bicycle that travels both on land and water.  To prove his invention could go the distance, Perdue embarked upon a cross-country trip like never before attempted. He rode the amphibious bike 4,000 miles on land and water from Seaside, Oregon to Times Square, New York.  Traveling parts of the Columbia, Missouri, Mississippi, Deleware and Hudson, Perdue finished his quest in 49 days, completing the first ever crossing of the United States by an amphibious vehicle of any kind.

Although this trip was extremely dangerous, it got Jay thinking about what he and a small 1.6 HP motor had achieved. This began both a love and a quest of what might be conquered through the blend of human and machine power. Searching for the most practical blends of human and machine effort to propel humans at greater speeds with optimal efficiency, Jay created Exertrikes — ultimately leading to the culmination of the ExerTrike Tri-Hybrid.

But with great success came disappointment.  Perdue discovered there was very little room on American roads for such a vehicle. Too large for the bicycle path and too slow for the car lane, the Tri-Hybrid was put in a vulnerable position both as a company and on the road.

The only answer was to take the technology learned from the Tri-Hybrid and go bigger.  Breaking away from bicycle parts, Perdue experimented with motorcycle and four wheeler parts to create a vehicle capable of highway speeds with shock-absorbed maneuverability for the occasional pothole and bad pavement we see today.    The result was the Tri-Hybrid Stealth.  With its super clean diesel engine, the Stealth has the ability to add heat as well as an air conditioning compressor — an important breakthrough considering a nationwide three-year survey proving Americans were not willing to give up the comforts of heating and air conditioning in their vehicles.

The Stealth’s limited emissions, electric only, 40+ mph allows it to be one of the most neighborhood friendly cars ever. It’s human effort builds in the ability to gain another 5 to 20 percent in efficiency and gives the operator an optional cardio-vascular workout during the morning and evening commute. Without the use of the pedals, the diesel engine and electric motor work together to maintain a strong 0 to 60 mph take off and maintains 70 mph even on hills.

Away from the Stealth, Jay continues to have other successes in inventing. Look for his “The Ultimate Template Maker” in hardware stores across the country. He also is working with several friends and family members to realize their inventive dreams.  Relating most directly to the Stealth is his partnership with his son Jesse’s wheel, “The Wobblin Wheel”, seen on the Stealth and featured at