ELECTRIC vehicle makers spend millions of dollars trying to get as much electricity from car batteries on a single charge, with little success.
But a Filipino inventor claims he has developed an electric car that doesn’t require recharging at all.
Dr. Leonardo Gasendo, a United States (US)-based chemical engineer who graduated from Adamson University in 1950, has been granted a patent for his Long Distance Electric Vehicle (LDEV).
Gasendo said the LDEV uses two on-board battery chargers that convert wheel vibrations and cruising speed into electricity for charging the onboard battery.
“Going downhill, the LDEV will convert the earth’s gravity into electricity for charging the onboard battery with zero consumption of electricity. It will travel 1,610 km without exhausting the electrical charge of the onboard battery,” he said.
An electric car battery in the US costs $28,000, yet it needs to be recharged constantly, Gasendo said.
The LDEV’s battery can up to 1,000 miles without getting exhausted, he said.
The battery’s chargers, which he refers to as KER and KEC, take up only a total of 6 cubic feet, and the battery itself takes only three minutes to replace.
Gasendo said his vehicle is entirely different from the electric cars produced by Tesla, Ford, Toyota, Honda or General Motors. “They are not using KER and KEC,” he said.
Gasendo believes the LDEV has practical uses in the Philippines.
Jeepneys, taxis, tricycles, motorcycles and bicycles can easily convert into LDEVs.
“The cost of electricity used by the LDEV is one peso and seventy four centavos [P1.74] per kilometer. It means that the jeepneys, taxis and tricycles will earn good income by converting into LDEV for transporting passengers in the Philippines. It is also quite easy to convert gasoline-powered trucks and automobiles into LDEVs,” he said.
Gasendo said he has not offered the LDEV to any company for commercial production, but he has written letters to automobile companies worldwide hoping to get them interested.
Born in Bacolod City on September 7, 1924, Gasendo worked as production manager for an American soft drink company in Bacolod. In 1959, another American company sent him to Australia to train him for the operation of a petroleum refinery in Limay, Bataan.
He and his family left for California in 1967, where he worked for an engineering company.
Gasendo is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
The LDEV is just one of Gasendo’s many patented inventions.
He has a patent for the Wave Energy Megawatts Harvester, the River Power Megawatts Producer, and the Wind Power Megawatts Producer.