It’s called gaspods and is supposed to reduce your vehicles Cd by between 5.2 and 6.7% while emptying your wallet of $59 to $125 USD.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Aug 27, 2012
I feel sorry for the poor gal that was snapped in front of this joke of a product as she just got scammed by up to $125. Meet the GasPods.
It happens every time fuel cost breach a particular barrier. This time its $4.00 per again and the shills come out of the woodwork from whatever crappy little hole they live in.
Budget conscious and environmentally active motorists can somehow magically save fuel by making their vehicle more aerodynamic with a stick on product called GasPods. The little pod was designed to improve air flow around a vehicle thus reducing drag.
The instructions say place on most any vehicle at strategic points, such as before the front or rear windshield. The pods are secured by 2 “rare earth
” magnets according to the PR (like that is somehow important?), beneath a padded sole to protect the paint finish.
And this is where it gets comical… Computational fluid analysis (simulated wind tunnel testing) by one of the world's most respected independent engineering firms (not named of course because they would be laughed out of business) revealed that a kit of GasPods placed on a vehicle significantly reduced its drag coefficient by between 5.2% and 6.7%!
Then you have “Test Team members
” who have logged real-world odometer mileage and fuel purchases for a minimum of 4,000 miles, 2,000 miles without GasPods, and 2,000 miles with GasPods, on their car with all kinds of accolades. I could place a square and empty paper box over the intake and if I said it was going to provide better fuel economy with actual fills, the driver of said empty box fuel saver would pay less at the pump and drive further on a tank. It is called the placebo effect and it works every time.
The rest of the PR was even more interesting… According to Gas Pods, each gallon of gas consumed releases 19.4 lbs. of CO2 into the atmosphere. He must have forgot about almost 10 pounds of CO2 released in the drilling, pumping, refining, shipping and pumping but why should we spoil this snake oil salesman’s parade?
If just 133 U.S. commuters, who travel an average 13,000 miles per year, reduce their fuel consumption by 5%, the volume of CO2 prevented from entering the atmosphere could fill Chicago's Willis Tower. The magical 5%? Hypermiling can reduce consumption by 50% easily without any cost to its owners vs. the scam being perpetrated on the consumer with this BS.
GasPods are a product, with patents pending, of “award-winning
” designer, Bob Evans. When looking for this award winning designer, I found some finger guitarist, a musical group and of course the sausage seller by the same name? I wonder if this guy designed their smoked sausage shape?
What a ****ing joke