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Published on August 24th, 2009 | by Jerry James Stone

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7 Car Mods That Get 100 MPG Or More


Hand-built, eco-modified, and wood-powered cars raced across the Bay State this weekend driving 100 miles on just a single gallon of fuel. Aptly named the One Gallon Challenge, the event was part of a four-day long festival in Boston that celebrated clean technologies. Welcome to GreenFest 2009!

Garage-Built Car Gets 105 MPG, Cost $2,500 To Build

Frustrated with the price of filling up his Toyota, Jory Squibb built the Moonbeam. It has been to the Altwheels Festival in Boston twice and has traveled over 10,000 miles. It is powered by a 150 cc gas engine and carries two passengers “if they are on good terms,” he says.



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is a web developer, part-time blogger, and a full-time environmentalist. His crusade for all things eco started twenty years ago when he ditched his meat-and-potatoes upbringing for something more vegetarian-shaped. His passions include cooking, green tech, eco politics, and smart green design. And while he doesn't own a car anymore, he loves to write about those too. Jerry studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time there he was a DJ at the campus station KCPR and he also wrote for the campus paper. Jerry currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his cat Lola. You can stalk him on Twitter @jerryjamesstone.



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    This is a real eye-opener. Now we have something to wish for! Thanks Jerry!

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    This is a real eye-opener. Now we have something to wish for! Thanks Jerry!

  • John Davis

    Wow, those are some cool lookin rides dude!

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  • John Davis

    Wow, those are some cool lookin rides dude!

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  • A.C.

    These little projects are all very good science. It makes the touchy-feely crowd all warm and fuzzy. However, none of these, or any other ‘green’ alternatives, have yet address the problem of driving more than 4 people. Most of these accommodate at most 2 people. Out here in the flyover country, we routinely wind up driving 5 – 7 people in a carpool to go out. We have no recourse to mass transit or any other public transportation system.

    Until they make a minivan or SUV that gets 50+ MPG, it is all useless. And I ain’t talkin’ about that Hummer parody that costs an extra $20,000 to get the good mileage. What ordinary family of 4 or 5 can afford that?

    We’ve had these “advancements” for years now with no practical application. Face it, the automotive industry is content with the way things are right now. If they wait until the last moment, until gasoline prices skyrocket to $5+ before unveiling these “supercars”, it will force people to buy the new cars to go the equivalent distance for the same cost.

    When it comes right down to it, it ain’t about the MPG. It is about the $/gal that the family think about.

    I applaud these inventors, but despair of seeing any of the technology appear anytime soon.

  • A.C.

    These little projects are all very good science. It makes the touchy-feely crowd all warm and fuzzy. However, none of these, or any other ‘green’ alternatives, have yet address the problem of driving more than 4 people. Most of these accommodate at most 2 people. Out here in the flyover country, we routinely wind up driving 5 – 7 people in a carpool to go out. We have no recourse to mass transit or any other public transportation system.

    Until they make a minivan or SUV that gets 50+ MPG, it is all useless. And I ain’t talkin’ about that Hummer parody that costs an extra $20,000 to get the good mileage. What ordinary family of 4 or 5 can afford that?

    We’ve had these “advancements” for years now with no practical application. Face it, the automotive industry is content with the way things are right now. If they wait until the last moment, until gasoline prices skyrocket to $5+ before unveiling these “supercars”, it will force people to buy the new cars to go the equivalent distance for the same cost.

    When it comes right down to it, it ain’t about the MPG. It is about the $/gal that the family think about.

    I applaud these inventors, but despair of seeing any of the technology appear anytime soon.

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    I do love the advances in automobile technology, though it rarely applies to the cars that tall people are confined to!

  • http://GlobalPatriot.com Global Patriot

    I do love the advances in automobile technology, though it rarely applies to the cars that tall people are confined to!

  • http://marysramblins.blogspot.com Mary Matzek

    I agree with AC. The projects raise awareness and are great for individuals. Working moms and dads, especially those in rural areas like myself, with no public transportation, will be held hostage until the oil companies squeeze the last high dollar possible from us while they fight to keep green technologies from making real headway.

    Mary

  • http://marysramblins.blogspot.com Mary Matzek

    I agree with AC. The projects raise awareness and are great for individuals. Working moms and dads, especially those in rural areas like myself, with no public transportation, will be held hostage until the oil companies squeeze the last high dollar possible from us while they fight to keep green technologies from making real headway.

    Mary

  • http://n/ayetFacebookifdesired Stephen Podliska

    I agree with the statement,”However, none of these, or any other ‘green’ alternatives, have yet address the problem of driving more than 4 people.”

    And yet from my own personal and experimental first hand diesel/veggie oil and water fuel experimentations I FULLY 100% BELIEVE and HAVE SUPPORTING INFOMRAITON that WE, AS A COLLECTIVE SOCIETY ALREADY HAVE THE ABILITY TO HAVE NOW IN USE… 100mpg plus 4 person vehicles!!

    And I believe, as of yet, we SIMPLY have not had “enough” INCENTIVES & a SELF SUPPORTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE to CREATE & SUSTAIN SUCH ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE POSSIBILITIES!!! (I.E. I blame our COPORATE CAPITALISTIC SOCIETY vs. “not having the technology to do such”!!!!!)

    I believe there is and always has been “ENOUGH” CURRENT AND REAL technology ALREADY in existance for such REALITIES to BECOME FULLY REALIZED we simply, as of yet, do not have the SUPPORTIVE SOCIAL INCENTIVES for CREATING and SUSTAINGING SUCH!!! (BUT I AM ALL EXCITED TO SEE US…. HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION)!!

    Stephen Podliska/ spodliska@aol.com

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    I don’t really care for the design of most of these cars, but I would love to have a car that got 100mpg.

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    I don’t really care for the design of most of these cars, but I would love to have a car that got 100mpg.

  • http://Web brent

    gaaaaaaaay big deal i can get a 200cc motercyle that gets 75 mpg its haveing a full size car that gets 105 mpg oh and 50cc schooters get 95 mpg most of thew time! btw

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