Episode 507: EV Mania

Original Airdate: 
Monday, November 11, 2013 - Sunday, November 17, 2013
Next Airdate: 
Monday, July 7, 2014 - Sunday, July 13, 2014

We're looking at alternative fuel/energy vehicles! Our first stop is annual Electric Vehicle Rally & Car Show in the San Francisco Bay Area! We find people passionate about their mode of transportation! Jordan gets the scoop on all-electric cars, motorcycles, and bikes in ALL shapes and sizes from owners who have done conversions. From classic cars to the newest models and even the quirkiest, the Electric Vehicle is hitting the main stream and capturing the imaginations and interest of devoted fans.

Then we meet Gerty, a Volkswagen Beetle. But she's not an ordinary Beetle. That's because the Bheda Family greened her up!! It was total family project. They tore out the old gas engine and put in a new electric motor. No easy task! And as Jalena found out, the project had it's share of problems...and a lot of satisfaction when the wheels successfully hit the road.

We go from passenger cars to The Big Green Bus! Brendan and Jessica get a personal tour of the bus and all of its sustainable attributes! First and foremost is the fuel system. The bus can run on biodiesel...or raw vegetable oil! It has a sophisticated filtering system that allows them to stop at restaurants along their route and collect used cooking oil for their fuel. The bus also has a sustainable living space that starts with the solar panel on the roof that provides electricity for everything except the buses headlights! This bus is one-of-a-kind!