Cross Country on 10 Gallons of Ethanol

A few years ago, September 2011 to be exact, brought you the story about Urbee, a 3D printed car that was designed to bring in the age of cheaper, more economical travel. Since then, it was tested and sent on a trip to Canada. 3d-printed-carToday, Jim Kor, who owns the company that created the Urbee, Kor Ecologic, has announced Urbee 2. This car will also be printed on a 3D printer and according to Kor, is making its way to the production line.

Urbee 2 (a bit sy-fy no?), will take about 2,500 hours to print and measure 10 feet in length when completed. It will be put onto a 1,200 pound chassis to help it achieve better mileage. BTW  – many of the new cars coming out with better gas milage are achieving this with lighter chassis/lighter weight cars.

The Urbee 2, like its predecessor, is very aerodynamic and will be powered by hybrid engine featuring a 36-volt electric motor and a maximum of 10 horsepower. Its top speed is 40 miles per hour.

The plans for Urbee 2’s expedition? To travel from San Francisco to New York on just 10 gallons of ethanol.

0 thoughts on “Cross Country on 10 Gallons of Ethanol

  1. We don’t need to, and with the drought and population growth we shouldn’t use farm land to grow fuel. There are better options, for energy like,Safe, new, nuclear-, that Bill Gates promotes, and could be tied with and also produce carbon free energy for electric cars.
    Also, / that makes the sucrose instead of extracting it, lowering the cost of sugar for the economical and scalable production of biofuels.
    We really should support and fast track these options for a cleaner, healthier planet, and for the best future for America and the world.
    But the RFS mandates takes away resources(money, research) and stifles better options by forcing us to use billions of gallons, of corn ethanol and other land source energy.
    I know the National corn growers association will not let the corn ethanol mandate end with out a fight.But we need to make the best and wisest choices.

    Here is a good site, not supported by the oil or ethanol money, on the facts and fiction of ethanol. by Dr. Thomas E. Elam.

    The highly respected OECD said. “The rush to energy crops threatens to cause food shortages and damage to biodiversity with limited benefits … Government policies supporting and protecting domestic production of biofuels are inefficient [and] not cost effective … The current push to expand the use of biofuels is creating unsustainable tensions that will disrupt markets without generating significant environmental benefits … Governments should cease creating new mandates for biofuels and investigate ways to phase them out.” – Richard Doornbosch and Ronald Steenblik, “Biofuels: Is the Cure Worse Than the Disease?” in Round Table on Sustainable Development (OECD, Sep 11-12, 2007).