William O’Brien of Sabertec has used technology to develop a consumer product to reduce emissions for gasoline powered vehicles. Their product called Blade primarily acts as a filter to capture toxic particulate material (PM), but without creating an obstruction on your tailpipe. It also prevents back pressure due to the built in pressure release which allows exhaust scavenging resulting in a cleaner burn. It reduces emissions and improves fuel economy by decreasing the duration of a vehicle’s “cold start” operations while lowering emissions and improving fuel economy by changing the exhaust pulse profile reducing pumping loss and improving the volumetric efficiency of the engine.This product is the first to have met and exceeded by EPA 511 guidelines for an increase in fuel economy.
Following the EPA 511 Guideline test protocol, Blade underwent independent testing by the nation’s premier emissions testing lab, the Automotive Testing and Development Services, Inc. (ATDS). ATDS is approved by the EPA and licensed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB)
EPA guidelines for a fleet of five vehicles state that the fuel economy increase must average three percent to be considered a real effect. The fleet of five Bladed vehicles tested – including 4 cylinder, 6 cylinder, 8 cylinder, foreign, domestic and Hybrid vehicles – averaged a four percent increase. This achievement is historic as it has never before been demonstrated by any aftermarket device.
TABLE 1: For each car tested, CO2 reduction and fuel economy increases often exceeded expectations:
Vehicle Type CO2 Emissions Reduction (up to … ) Fuel Economy Increase (up to…)
2004 Honda Civic 6% 6%
2008 Hyundai Sonata 12% 12%
2007 Ford E-250 6% 5%
2008 Pontiac G6 6% 4%
2007 Toyota Prius 6% 3%
William J. O’Brien CEO, Founder
In addition to leading Sabertec, Mr. O’Brien is a co-founder and general partner of Saber Capital. In this capacity, Mr. O’Brien oversees the selection and management of the investment firm’s portfolio companies. Mr. O’Brien served as Chairman and CEO of Octave Software, a provider of next-generation content management solutions. In addition to launching Octave’s product line, Mr. O’Brien developed its key partnerships, recruited its managers, and played an instrumental role in securing its major customers. He also led the company in a $4 million preferred round financing from Sigma Partners. Mr. O’Brien was also actively involved in the direction of Saber Capital’s Austin-based professional services firm, Neogent, Inc., which it funded in 2000 and sold to Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: SUN) in 2006. Mr. O’Brien also holds board seats at San Jose based, Jetalon Solutions, a maker of precision, liquid chemical sensor and control systems. Since the initiation of Mr. O’Brien’s involvement, the company has increased shareholder value nearly 17x. Before co-founding Saber Capital, Mr. O’Brien spent over 12-years in the high technology industry, most recently serving as Vice President of Sales for the Americas at Vignette Corporation (NASD: VIGN). Benefiting from Mr. O’Brien’s direction, Vignette became the fastest growing enterprise software company in industry history, with annual revenues growing from $3 million to over $500 million in a three-year period.
Sabertec, based in Austin, Texas, is on the vanguard of solving environmental challenges through technology, education and the inspiration of behavioral change. Sabertec products reduce fossil fuel burning engine emissions that are known contributors to global warming, as well as health consequences including cancer, strokes and respiratory diseases. Launched in 2008, Blade, www.bladeyourride.com is the company’s first consumer product available in the United States. Blade was developed utilizing Sabertec’s patent-pending impact filtration method, which is the core technology in their IDPF product. IDPF has been reducing toxic diesel particulate matter emissions on commercial bus fleets in Sao Paulo, Brazil since 2005. www.Sabertec.org
Sabertec’s product, Blade easily attaches to the tailpipe of a car to reduce CO2 emissions and toxic particulate matter – a type of pollution that includes dust, soot, and tiny bits of solid materials suspended in the air.