Last time TreeHugger wrote about the Blade from Sabertec there was, to put it mildly, some skepticism among our readership. Personally, I tend to agree with the general sentiment of many of the comments on that if something sounds to good to be true then it probably is. But since Sabertec releases keep coming through my inbox I figured it was worthwhile to pass one on, even if only to keep people updated on the latest pitches commonly perceived as snake oil.
Again, for entertainment purposes only, here are the latest emissions reductions, gas mileage improvement claims about the Blade:
Independent lab test results, released today, show that a new environmental technology, Blade, reduces CO2 emissions from automotive tailpipes by up to 12 percent and improves gas mileage by up to 12 percent. These results suggest that if every car and light-duty truck in the United States were equipped with Blade, the CO2 emissions reduction would be equivalent to removing approximately 15.5 million — or one in five — cars from the road.
Tests were performed at the nation's premier emissions testing lab, Automotive Testing and Development Services, Inc. (ATDS), the same lab used by top vehicle manufacturers for fuel economy and emissions testing, including Honda, Toyota, GM, Ford, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Volvo. ATDS is accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and licensed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
"This is a significant achievement in comparison to other fuel saving devices that promise large fuel savings but have not shown any repeatable positive benefit in controlled testing," said Linwood E. Farmer Jr., Vice President, ATDS. Â "Automotive manufacturers expend considerable effort to make improvements in fleet fuel economy in this range and the ability of Blade to provide this level of improvement in an aftermarket, consumer-installable device is remarkable."
The EPA 511 Protocol is the most rigorous test procedure in existence and the only one that the EPA considers statistically valid. The laboratory tested Blade on a fleet of vehicles — consisting of 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder passenger cars, an 8-cylinder van and a 4-cylinder hybrid vehicle — a combination of foreign and domestic. The results demonstrate verifiable and repeatable CO2 reduction and increased fuel economy.
So what were these results? Sabertec is claiming that of the five vehicles they tested (2004 Honda Civic, 2008 Hyundai Sonata, 2007 Ford E-250, 2008 Pontiac G6, and 2007 Toyota Prius) they average a 4% increase in fuel economy and about a 7% reduction in CO2 emissions.
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