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Old 07-20-2008, 05:28 PM   #11 (permalink)
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That's really cool to put a booth together How was the turnout? You guys should get in a paintball game with the cleanmpg folks or something

Ecomodding is the the only thing that excites me, other than alternative energy. I just walked past all the hypermiling guys. The propane car and the natural gas cars were cool. There was a Prius every two feet. Where were the Civic and Escape hybrids (or even a GM, for that matter)? Hmmmm. There was even a Smart Car there.

Ben Nelson should have been selling electric motorcycles. He would have made a fortune. I bet there are at least 10-20 other people that took his ideas home and are starting their own.

I got to sit in SVOboy's car and pretend I was driving an efficient car. I quitely made motor noises when no one was around.

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Old 07-21-2008, 05:45 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Did anyone actually take a picture of the booth? I forgot to.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:59 PM   #13 (permalink)
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We have one, but I probably won't get to uploading it until late Sunday at the earliest.

EDIT: You can check through Evan Fusco's Hybridfest pics on Flickr.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/efusco/...7606284179380/


Found one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/efusco/...7606284179380/
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:14 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:14 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Those don't match at ALL!
Aw, come on!

They are both yellow! And both electric!

It was actually pretty funny. A guy just rode over on his little electric cycle and parked it right next to mine. I had to at least get a photo!

Said he uses it all the time to get around, inside hotels and conference centers!
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Aw, come on!

They are both yellow! And both electric!

It was actually pretty funny. A guy just rode over on his little electric cycle and parked it right next to mine. I had to at least get a photo!

Said he uses it all the time to get around, inside hotels and conference centers!
wouldnt a person get kick out for driving inside?
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Sorry, my camera bites. (It's not MY fault.) About half my pics didn't turn out.

I just snapped shots of the ecomodding related displays:




Another pic of the EM booth, with Ben explaining to the curious exactly how it is that he can get 68 mpg at 60 mph.




To me, the University of Wisconsin vehicles made up the most interesting display (and people) at the event. Going to school for modding!

Ben & I had a good chat with one of the engineering students who worked on this project: a through the road parallel hybrid conversion - rear wheels driven electrically; front wheels driven by a biodiesel with a 6 speed manual transmission.

I asked the student if any of the team members had ecomodded their own cars. Nope! That was a bit of a surprise.

Anyway, the guy said that everybody who worked on the project would likely receive a job offer from GM. He was trying to decide if he wanted to go that route, given hole the company has dug itself into of late.



More of the UW vehicles.




A biofuel co-op showed this b-100 capable Merc.



Hymotion put on a dynamic display: they installed their 5 kWh plug-in Prius conversion module as a demonstration project.
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:27 PM   #19 (permalink)
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PHEV's were everywhere. You couldn't throw lithium ion cell without hitting one, it seemed!

Along the lines of the Hymotion demo, I think Ben should have saved his VX engine swap for the event. Two demo's daily!
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Old 07-27-2008, 02:32 AM   #20 (permalink)
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To me, the University of Wisconsin vehicles made up the most interesting display (and people) at the event. Going to school for modding!
What was your general impression of the visitors to the boots? Mine was that the senior citizens were disproportionately represented. I would have been really excited to see more people in their 20's and 30's than 50's and 60's.

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