Frequently Asked Questions:
What is EFI?
Electronic Fuel Injection, or EFI, is a system that uses a computer to control the fuel flowing into an engine as well controlling the ignition. Carburetors are mechanical devices that also meter fuel, but have inherent drawbacks due to their mechanical nature. EFI is considered to be superior to carburetion because it allows more precise fuel metering during all engine-operating conditions. Carburetor performance is greatly hindered with changes in altitude, temperature, and even day-to-day changes in the weather. EFI systems measure these environmental changes and can compensate automatically. Other benefits of EFI include easier engine starting, lower emissions, better fuel economy and added performance.
ElectroJet’s competition consists mainly of complex automotive-based engine control systems. These systems are suitable for passenger cars, but their large number of parts and high unit cost prohibit mass use in the small-engine markets; additionally, small engines would require engineering redesigns to adopt these technologies, adding significant cost in tooling and manufacturing process changes.
How does EFI compare to a carburetor?
A carburetor can be tuned very well for a particular day (environment) altitude and temperature range. When tuned properly, the performance of a carbureted engine will be comparable to EFI systems. When any one of the environmental factors change, the carburetor is less efficient. It could produce less power, consume more fuel, or even damage the engine itself. The adaptive nature of electronic control systems allows an engine to always run at optimum performance.
Fuel injection is able to atomize fuel better than carburetion, improving fuel economy. ElectroJet has shown between 10-25% improvement in fuel economy over carburetion in small engine products.
Just as performance can be changed with a few simple environmental changes, so can the emissions output. Carburetors are tuned with screws, where EFI is calibrated digitally. It is difficult for manufacturers to guarantee emissions compliance from mechanical devices that could easily be altered in the field. EFI can compensate for engine wear and degradation over time, where mechanical parts cannot.
Can I buy one of these?
ElectroJet’s product is not currently available to the general public. The current target market is high-volume OEM manufacturers of small engines and related vehicles.
Can this be applied to my…
Yes, this can be applied to your…motorcycle, ATV, lawn tractor, etc… However, ElectroJet’s product is not currently available to the general public. The current target market is high-volume OEM manufacturers.
How is ElectroJet different from the other stuff on the market?
ElectroJet has developed a unique low-cost solution for reducing pollution, improving fuel economy, and improving the engine performance of small engine products including recreational vehicles, lawn mowers and scooters. This new approach to engine controls is familiar to traditional approaches, but it is less complex and less costly, without sacrificing performance. Reducing the cost of these products are key to their adoption into low cost markets such as the Asian-Pacific motorcycle market. This market must meet new emissions regulations but is extremely cost sensitive. ElectroJet is uniquely positioned within the market to meet performance, emissions and pricing demands for all of our global customers.
How bad are the emissions from these engines, anyway?
Small engines are terribly polluting. Lawn mowers pollute more than automobiles. Recreational products are often worse. Many consumers do not realize the high level of pollution coming from these sources. After all, they are small, right? They may be small, but there are a lot of them.
Globally, the governing bodies have realized the harmful impact of these small engines and their impact on the environment. Emissions standards are forcing significantly cleaner emissions from all of these products in the United States, Europe, China, India, and more. Additionally, consumers are becoming more concerned about fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Through the trends of regulation and more sophisticated consumers, there will be constant demand to improve the emissions output from all small engine products.
Can you really have clean emissions and improved performance?
Yes. Not only can you have a clean running engine, but the ElectroJet products have been proven to increase horsepower, save fuel and improve acceleration.
Did you know…
A lawn tractor emits the same mass of emissions in one hour as a small car would driving across the continental United States?
A snowmobile could be as much as 100 times more polluting than the average car.
The average American holds onto their lawnmower for 10 years, but replaces their car every three.
China and India manufacture more than twice the volume of motorcycles than automobiles consumed each year in the United States.
Harmful engine emissions are lung irritants, which make children more susceptible to asthma, or asthma sufferers more prone to attacks.
Harmful engine emissions can cause acid rain and smog.
Ever wonder where the blue smoke from your snowmobile ends up? The particulate matter and unburned fuel settle into the local environment, eventually finding its way into rivers and streams.