Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Colorado Springs
Own a Commander?: Yes
Model year: 2006
Trim Package: Limited
Power-Train: 4.7L V-8
If 4WD - system: QD-II
Current Mileage: 112k
To answer your questions: The Hydrogen/HYDROXY fuel cell is not a total alternative fuel source replacement for typical fossil fueled internal combustion engine. However in the in-progress build it will serve as a supplementary "hybrid" fuel source.
The system is designed to increase engine efficiency in a range of 50-80% of the engine based off of the output of the generator you build... Those stats realistically translate to 25-40% improved economy, and somewhere around 10% improved output of the engine itself. The Hydroxy gas concept simply adds an extra component to the fuel air mixture that increases the actual fuel burn-off in the cylinder during the cycle, also Hydrogen burns cooler than most combustibles therefore does not increase any factor in the designed/ specified operating temperature of the vehicle. Several recorded tests has boasted similar, if not better statistics using commercially produced HYDRO generators, and similar numbers from home-made kits with purchased plans.
Now, to address the issue of use in off-road scenarios... it seems a tad bit iffy... I only say that due to the possibility of "sloshing" the generator too violently and risking over flowing the bubbler(important fail-safe component of the system). However, using the Hydroxy generator to supplement your movement to a trail would prove remarkable, then, simply popping the hood, and disconnecting the system from the intake(done simply by plugging a vacuum line or two) would have you trail ready in a matter of minutes.
I'm looking at about $80 total for the build currently, and considering that the system pulls less than 20amps from the 12V system, and runs solely off of distilled water and 1/2 table spoon of baking soda, I would venture a guess to say that it is incredibly cost effective as a day-to-day addition to a daily driver. the system takes under 5 minutes to reach its maximum output, so anything longer than grabbing some quick groceries, or running to a friends house, the uses could serve to benefit almost every application.
I am about to move halfway across the country from NC, to CO and will be pulling a trailer. So, the 15 mpg I got last time with a trailer just simply will not do, especially as I attempt the drive across Kansas.