Found several examples of folks getting creative with green energy sources for transportation today (mostly thanks to the MAKE blog).
Andrew, a 17 year old in Michigan has already constructing two EV (electric vehicle) cars.
He’s converted a 1988 Mazda B2200 to electric, as well as his current project, a 1992 Toyota Tercel. He get a top speed of 55 mph out of the Mazda and can get around 40 miles out of a charge. He’s hoping to get closer to 80 mph on the Tercel. You can read more about the projects on his blog.
Another cool project is the SUNN vehicle that was designed and built a guy and several high school students in Maine as a hobby project but is now also available through the SUNN Solar Electric Kit. The car can be charged with solar panels or being plugged in directly to a wall and gets an average of 20 miles per charge. The top speed is 20-25 mph. There’s even a cool 14 min video on YouTube showing the car in action during the day and at night.
I also read last week about a community that told their 15 year olds they couldn’t get a driver’s license until they were able to create a vehicle that runs on something other than oil/gas based products. So they built a pickup truck that runs on burning mesquite wood.
I wonder, if we keep putting our heads together like this, what will we discover in the next 5 years? What if the next big thing in transportation is steam powered vehicles, or maybe a waste powered vehicle? What waste product can you think of would be better suited for powering the vehicles of the future?
Whether is for environmental or economical reasons, I think we’re all beginning to agree, something must be done to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.