At the 2014 Shell Eco-marathon Americas in Houston this past weekend, Canadian teams took the top two spots in the gasoline Prototype category. The winning team, from Université Laval, managed to hit 2,824 miles per gallon (mpg), just a few drops ahead of the second-place team, the University of Toronto, which finished with 2,712 mpg. Last year, the winning team got 3,587 mpg. The winning fuel economy figures have ranged in the past all the way up to and over 8,000 mpg.
There are good bacteria and bad bacteria in a waste-water plant. The good bugs can generate lots of hydrogen that can be captured and used to power fuel-cell vehicles or generate electricity. But the bad bugs like to pig out on the hydrogen, so very little would be left over for the FCX or Sequel when they go into production (click those links to read AutoblogGreen's drive reports). Killing the bad bugs isn't difficult but does require heat generated by an expensive, energy-intensive process. Lu
The University of Toronto's Blue Sky Solar Racing program began in 1997. Now with over 100 student members, they're in the process of developing their third solar race car which should be ready for the 2007 World Solar Challenge. For Ecofest 2006, they brought their 2nd generation vehicle which is dubbed Faust II.