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The One Gallon Challenge--August 19 in Greenfield MA.

Discussion in 'News' started by jorysquibb, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. jorysquibb

    jorysquibb New Member

    Jul 13, 2009
    Contact: Jory Squibb, 207-236-8962

    Cars you've never seen before hit the road to Boston

    Camden, Maine - Nestled in the Connecticut River valley, Greenfield Mass. is 100 miles west of Boston. Could a safe, comfortable car be designed and then driven from there to Boston using the amount of energy stored in a single gallon of gasoline? This summer, we'll find out!

    On August 19 the public and press will inspect an unusual gaggle of next-generation cars in downtown Greenfield, and the following morning the checkered flag will signal the start of an unusual “race”.

    These high-efficiency cars must get to Boston's Greenfest, at City Hall Plaza, within three hours, using as little energy as possible. Some are electrics, some hybrids, and others use diesel or gasoline for fuel. But all cars will display how much energy they used for the trip, while they are on display at the Greenfest on Friday, August 21, and Saturday August 22. see

    “At this point, we’re looking for cars to participate, especially electric cars.” says Jory Squibb, organizer of the event. "Some may not quite make it to Boston, but may finish the last stretch of the fixed route on their trailers, and be exhibited with the finishers”.

    “It doesn't necessarily take new technology to produce a 100 MPG vehicle,” Squibb said. For instance, three vehicles now entered use low weight, good aerodynamics and small engines. "Dirigo" recently took second place at Watkins Glen' s “Green Grand Prix” acheiving 89.9 mpg. Roo Trimble's sleek "Roopod" is also a diesel-powered three-wheeler . See for details. Squibb’s own entrant, Moonbeam, may take some yoga to be comfortable in, but has already traveled 10,000 miles at 100 MPG.

    But hold your hats. We expect several contestants from the Progressive Auto-X Prize, which is offering multi-million dollar prizes in 2010 for efficient, marketable cars. Many of these cars go far beyond traditional concepts and some are even in production right now.

    Mark you calendars: Aug 20 in Greenfield, or Aug 21-22 at Boston City Hall Plaza. If you have a car to enter, write to Jory Squibb at [email protected]. For more details and updates on the One Gallon Challenge, see
  2. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

    Aug 20, 2006
    Greenfield to Greenfest. Cute.

    What energy equivalent is being used for electricity to the gallon of gas?
    (In other words how many kWh can the EVs have?)
  3. bolosky

    bolosky Member

    May 5, 2009
    Wikipedia says 36.6 kwH/gallon. If they're using a number that large, the Roadster could make it with no problem.

    In fact, reading the energy/mile vs. speed curve from the engineering blog, if you run the Roadster at 35 mph (enough to make 100miles in 3 hr + a little spare), you'd get ~170 Wh/mile (eyeballing the graph here). That means 17 KWh for the whole trip, or about 0.46 gallons of gas equivalent.

    Going the other way, the max speed to make it in under 36.6 KWh is about 80 mph, so you could do the whole thing in 1:15.

    This seems so easy that it's hard for me to imagine that they're really allowing that much energy for the contest.
  4. BBHighway

    BBHighway Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    Will Hydrogen Cars Compete?

    The Honda Clarity goes about 60 miles on a kilo of hydrogen, about the energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline.

    Maybe with some extreme hypermiling it would have some chance.

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