The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on September 9, 1977 · 191
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 191

Los Angeles, California
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Friday, September 9, 1977
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PAGE 14 THE BIG VALLEY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9,1977 Energy Crisis Drives Van Nuys Doctor to Inventing a New Motor by Jack Scagnetti A Van Nuys medical doctor has develoDed a revolutionary small motor capable of providing cheat, nnn. polluting power. The inventor. Dr. Keith -Kenyon, who has applied for U.S. and foreign patents on the motor, said his invention "means we have in our world a relatively unemployed source of energy." He said his motor can be adanted for , H Miiviy or enerov uses. likp automobiles, mnnino 'air mnAi. tlOninq units, elevatnrc tural machinery and many other macnines. The motor consicte ni' cylindrical metal container with approximately 30 Ihs f windings inside and outside and about 30 lbs. of magnets rotating between them. The silent, non-vibratino mnw operates off batten generates 100 ho at 3.000 mm ifc controlled by a solid state' 1 1 jl ' : f . I J V s r - 1 TeChnOlOOV IS beenminn hmarrln,, Kenyon of Van Nuys has invented a motor capable of producing cheap, non-polluting power. commutator which allows it to perform under a wide range of speeds (ordinarily, a standard series-wound motor cannot jdo this). Dr. Kenyon says his ironless motor weighs only 150 lbs., considerably less than an engine of comparable performance. Its , light weight allows more weight to be allotted for batteries in adapting the motor as a powerplant for . autos, thus providing a longer driving range before i the batteries require recharging. y . - ' -v.. . ' . :, Continued on page 10 i - Dr. Kenyon believes his motor is a hreak. through for electric carsi because of its weight power ratio performance. He and his associates on the project have contracted to have the motor installed in a small electric car designed bjl Lectran, a Huntington Beach firm which builds eW.trir vehicles for retirement communities. . The Kenyon motor will have the ability to keep pace with the stop-and-go of city driving, and the capacity and cruising speeds necessary for highway driving, says a Lecfran official. ..' It will have a top speed of approximately 60 mph, and the solid state commutator will provide accelerating speed when it's called for. The motor requires between 72 ' and 96 volts from standard 6-volt batteries. Lectran officials, however, did disclose that a new battery, three years in develop- Contlnued on page 10

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