Concepts From Designers

 NOTE: The sketches from the Italian designers have temporarily been removed. We will update this post with other concepts as soon

as possible.

16 Comments

  1. Kenneth Jacks

    I DO NOT like these Italian designs.

    I think you should have the people who design Apple products run a concept line for you.

  2. JLM (Post author)

    I would ALSO like to see what the people who design Apple products can come up with. Thanks for the input!

  3. Gregory LaGana

    Not liking the Italian concepts so far. And I’m Italian.

  4. JLM (Post author)

    Hey Greg, (like the show, by the way),
    The Italian designers were asked to portray the 1930’s era of automobiles in these sketches, and since this is their first drafts, I have to give them credit for bringing 1930’s up 75 years and keeping the lines while modernizing the vehicles. Thanks for the input!
    We can drop the Wok (cooking implement) look on the front end of the red car’s design… But they seem to be on their way. I expect to have a few new sketches soon.

  5. carguy

    I guess it’s a cool concept, too bad it won’t see the light of day production-wise. It’d be nice to see a city full of 30’s era looking mobster-esque cars.

  6. JLM (Post author)

    Hey carguy…
    I do believe our final vehicles will have the 30’s look as well as other futuristic bodies that can be formed with shredded recycled materials and fiber impregnated resin as a cast one piece unit…. Much like a fiberglass boat hull is formed. California will be able to have black cars rolling around (even after your gov’t ban) since the MEALER will be carbon emissions excempt.

  7. Steve Hodge

    Mr. Mealer:

    I have enjoyed our discussion on LinkedIn. I have gone through your website and I like what I see.

    As a firm believer in the internal combustion engine, I see its end in sight. It may be a ways off into the future, but I beleive it is inevitable. I have always tried to keep on the forefront of the projects I have been involved with in the automotive industry. I see the EV and its development as the next step in my future and my career.

    I grew up in Flint Michigan, the birthplace of GM, and have always lived in SE Michigan, except for stints overseas in Germany and Sweden. I have the notion however, that at some point, I will be looking for my next step in my automotive and design career. Here is my proposal to you:

    When you get to the point where designing, CAD models and drawings, procurring real hardware, and building prototypes is a reality…and you are looking for design engineering resources,
    I would like to move to Flagstaff, and work for you.

    I believe in the EV movement, I believe it is the future, and I want to be a part of its future, not a participant in the industry’s dying segment.

    I hope to hear from you soon, sir.

    STEVE HODGE

  8. JLM (Post author)

    Steve Hodge,
    I will take you up on that offer.

    You can see from the website (other than my typos) that our early summer 2009 chance of funding was potentially knocked down due to what I have concluded as GM’s interference. I would hope that General Motors and Ed Whitaker’s followers had little to do with any of it, but sometimes Hope is a sad thing with a bad ending. I posted a comment asking about Whitaker’s appointment and his ties to Fannie Mae, et al while I had also submitted our Proforma for review by foreign based investors. They were very excited to be working with Mealer Companies LLC.

    GM’s Kris Kordella signed up on my wordpress site (it was allowed at the time) and posted rude and crude comments about me and Mealer Companies LLC. A once very excited group of VCs became just another passing phase for us. The negative post from the “professional automobile engineer” sat unnoticed (by me) on my site for a week or so at precisely the time my VCs were reviewing my project. My statcounter shows the hits to the website at roughly 600 with multiple from the areas of my once potential investors. Now, I am forced to retain the basic post and email conversation between GM and myself just in case someone returns and had not yet read the conclusion of Kordella’s rant and GM’s apology.

    Yes, I know… I am wallowing in my own pity, but we had a great deal going that suddenly became a mysteriously vacant offer.

    FYI… The MEALER will recharge an EV, as it’s onboard 100% renewable power source unit will generate more than enough electricity for the MEALER AUTOMOBILE’s use. I would love to work with Ford or Chrysler if the opportunity ever came about as this is something I cannot let go by the wayside of engineering and green technology. I expect all EVs to utilize the MEALER power source in the future so they may kick the outlet habit…

    Let’s stay in touch.

    JL Mealer

  9. Chris Burkhart

    For the record I like the designs. Currently, I’m more of a minivan guy but, one can dream.

    To the nay sayers I have to say that it’s not required to please everyone. I have one word for a horrible design that sold well for a while.

    HUMMER

    H1 as a military to civ conversion was great. My buddies dad had one when I was in highschool. Not only did this wonderous vehicle make it easier to get dates but, the sheer joy of running over and through incredibly difficult and complex terrain was intense. Once, we even took it through the shallow side of a small lake. (His dad pulled the keys for that one)

    H2 and beyond were like most sequals. Mere shadows of the origional.

    Designs look good though impractical. Unless you can show me where my groceries would fit =). I tease.

    Have a good one.

    C Burkhart

  10. JLM (Post author)

    Thanks Chris,

    I have never set foot in a Hummer but have read they have enough leg room for soldier’s clunky boots, all sorts of gear and assorted grenades and explosives plus the occassional rocket launcher and/or injured soldier. Which, in bad traffic on the way to the hospital, could come in handy, purely as an effective use of getting people to pull over for the crazed (or calm and resolute) Hummer driver. The thought of seeing someone standing out of the moon roof waving a boot, bomb or bazooka tends to pave a clear path. The dates you just picked up would probably like that idea as well… But in all reality, they should be tending to the injured soldier.
    (You may -one day- learn to ‘get’ my type of humor).

    The entire front end of the MEALER as drawn up by the Italian designers opens up for groceries and what not. The sealed drive train and power unit is located under the body and serviceable from underneath… IF it needs servicing (which it will require at regular intervals of which I may confidently project at 100,000 miles). In the red Mealer prototype design, I can see roughly 125 cubic feet of “trunk” space forward of the driver.

    Now, I just need to become a big part of the Military Inustrial Complex so I can build and sell a rival for the Hummer to the US armed forces!

    JL Mealer

  11. John Biebrich

    Not knowing your target market, I would like to offer this to you when it comes to design. The back doors should open just a litter more than most cars. Toyota is the only car company that offers this luxury. Also, keep parents struggling with car seats, and the elderly entering and exiting the backseat in mind when it comes to ride height and accessibility. A lot can be said for the cars of the 50’s when it comes to human comfort. Thinking of everyone and not just 20 somethings used to be the American way, hope you can restore some faith in a corporation “REALLY” putting the consumer first. Best of luck to you. John

  12. lamar wilkinson

    being disabled and forced to use a ‘scooter’ to get about, i would need to have a handy way to attach the ‘lift’ to the rear of the vehicle. i,too, like the idea of a mini-van. i’m really interested in the concept of your carbon-free mode of transport and it being able to power one’s own home or office ‘off the grid’ so to speak, that i volunteer whatever services and talents that you might find useful. i’m a retired truckdriver with some experience in electronics.
    good luck with your endevor.
    l. wilkinson

  13. Michael

    Hello,

    I ran across post of yours on Forbes.com which lead me here. I’m trying to make heads or tails of what’s going on here, but I think I like it, as I am a believer in the free market and American ingenuity.

    Like so many people, I have a hard time swallowing all these government bailouts and takeovers and think it’s about time we saw a new auto company or two arise, thankfully, I am not alone. However, you do have a number of competitors, of whom I am sure you are aware, Among them Tesla (at least I think they are American – and even if not, it is competition). There are a couple other groups I have been following for a number of years: Local Motors (www.localmotors.com), who has just finalized their first design which is going into production, have a very interesting business model. And on the technology side I have been keeping a keen eye on Harry Schoell’s Cyclone Steam engine (www.cyclonepower.com).

    I can’t really tell how far along you are, or exactly what your technology is, but I thought I would bring these operations to your attention just in case, and of course, I will be adding your project to the list!

    And finally, just to plug myself, I am a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Industrial Design. I am currently in “Freelance” mode and as a lifelong car buff would be open to being a part of the next round of great American automotive innovation.

    Keep up the great work. I’m rooting for you, and I’ll be watching.

  14. Ky

    Hi JLMEALER

    I just went through last year in a flash and thought I should let you know that I am still on the case and have done some improvements to my system which is being evaluated by a specialist at the moment.

    If my paper is returned and no major flaws are found I will try and find partners and try and get this technology up and running. Give me the space of a toaster and an injection point and off we go. It is not what you think but we have been there in the past.

    I am sure that what you have developed is technically sound and in the final stages but, never the less, my approach would still be a huge bonus and could be adapted to any combustion engine, never mind the fuel.

    I had tried to contact you over an old channel (CR4) but that did not work. This was the next closest choice to stay in touch with you.If you wish, I could keep you informed about my plans.

    Happy new year, Ky (Kysley)

  15. Glen Durmisevich

    I hope you have the vehicles designed professionally by an actual automobile designer. The market place is beginning to fill with amateurish looking electric vehicles which hurts any company credibility in todays market place and in the media. It may seem easy to style a car, but there is a lot involved in competing with large OEMs and the years of expertise and quality they have developed.

    Best of luck to you,
    Glen

  16. JLM (Post author)

    Yes Glen, I agree wholeheartedly.
    (You caught me checking email with your post)

    The Italian Designers who I had sketch up a few models as ideas decided they want to be paid prior to Mealer Companies showing the designs to anyone.

    We have other designs, all professionally done, sitting awaiting the go ahead for the showcase vehicles. I appreciate the heads up and the wishes of luck.

    Best of luck to you too, and Happy New year.

    JL Mealer

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