Categories: Construction Progress
Written By: roo

My apologies, I was so crazed trying to get ready for the OGC that I neglected regular posts for a couple weeks there, and now this post is going to be big….again sorry…

First, the pictures:

these pictures include pictures of construction progress leading up to the OGC and pictures at the start of the OGC in Greefield, MA, and Pictures at the finish in Boston, MA, and some pictures out in the yard yesterday. here are some links to press coverage as well

this is the report by Jory Squib that is on the autoblog green sight:

This weekend’s One Gallon Challenge in Massachusetts resulted in some pretty amazing fuel economy results. The five vehicles that took part in the race challenge (any line of of cars that starts “in stately, fuel-conserving style” can’t really be called a race, can it?) made the 100-mile drive into Boston and posted fuel efficiency results as follows:

  • MIT’s all-electric Porsche – 164 MPGe (plug-to-wheels) or 75MPGe (well-to-wheels)
  • Moonbeam – 93 MPGe
  • Dirigo – 88 MPGe
  • Ricker Truck – 70 MPGe
  • Wood-burning truck – 27.7 MPGe

OGC organizer Jory Squibb said the vehicles helped show solutions for “our complex evolution to ultra-economy” and promised to hold the event again next year. Fun fact of the trip: the MIT Porsche recharged at a 220V outlet at a local Ford dealer.

Ten!…Nine!….Eight!….the spectators shouted the count-down until Nancy Hazard dropped the checkered flag in front of six unusual cars. Without the screech of tires, the One Gallon Challenge began in stately, fuel-conserving style, as each car set out to drive the 100 mile trip from Greenfield to Boston on one gallon of fuel.

As the cars pulled into the Greenfest festival in downtown Boston later that afternoon, after blisteringly hot weather and many adventures, each had proven some aspect of our complex evolution to ultra-economy.

Dirigo–a sleek diesel 3 wheeler clocked in at 88MPGe with a running cost of 2.9 cents per mile–showed the importance of good aerodynamics. This car had not only driven the 100 mile segment without back-up, but also driven the 450 mile round-trip from Maine. With a sigh, Bill Buchholz finally pointed the hood North.

Ricker Truck, also 900cc diesel-powered, clocked in at 70 MPGe and showed the advantages of using laminated foam construction for safety and light weight. This car was finished only hours before the race.

The wood-gas powered truck from 21st Century Motor Works breezed in at 27.7 MPG, showing the viability of using a local, carbon-sequestering fuel source: ordinary cord wood.

MIT’s electric vehicle team drove their lithium Porche in at an amazing 164 MPGe (plug-to-wheels) and 75MPGe (wells-to-wheels) Once our electricity grid becomes more earth-friendly, this technology may lead all others. Many spectators, used to lead-acid technology, were awed as these students drove their Porche, with 15 automotive-sized batteries, from Cambridge to Greenfield on a single charge, then charged up with 220v at the Ford dealership, and merrily drove back home. Without a doubt, the miracle battery we all dreamed of decades ago has arrived.

The Roopod, poster-child of the event, was not quite drivable at race time, but was on display both in Greenfield and in Boston. This ultra sleek and light, 14 HP diesel-powered wonder will be a car to be reckoned with next year.

Dripping with sweat, Jory Squibb drove his gas-powered three-wheel Moonbeam across the line at 93 MPGe and 2.7 cents per mile cost. Built as a grocery-getter, it had never been driven far from Camden, Maine; but finished the race without incident, blasting its heater to keep the engine cool in the 90 degree heat.

Though they were weary after interacting with the thousands of attendees of the two-day Greenfest, all participants agreed to return next year with new developments and face an even larger field of next-generation transportation.


  1. Glenn Warren Says:

    Nice Job Roo!

    I’d definately say by next years’ challenge you should be ready to take that giant step and head to the front of the pack.

    Good Luck!!

  2. Kim Abrahmson Says:

    Keep up the great work, Roo. We look forward to following your progress at Seabury Hall.

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