You might have thought that anyone who's willing to go to the trouble of modifying his ride with questionable exterior modifications in the name of fuel efficiency would start with a small, efficient vehicle in the first place. Apparently, that's not always the case, as can be seen by the Toyota T100 pickup truck above.
The Aerocivic apparently has a distant relative from Canada. Darin Cosgrove, founder of Ecomodder.com, has added a boat tail to the back of his 1998 Pontiac Firefly (which is what the Geo Metro was called up north). According to Wired, the modified bodywork was constructed from cardboard, aluminum and duct tape, and it joins a series of previous aero mods including rear wheel skirts and a bellypan.
Our friend Ben over at EcoModder told us recently about an unusual conversion that was being discussed on the forums there: converting an old Geo Metro to hybrid drive. Yes, you read that right. What was originally an efficient little people mover (and, last year, a much-lusted-after ride) is transforming into a hybrid vehicle at the hands of EcoModder user Coyote X. The original goal: add electric drive to the vehicle for under $5,000 and with roughly 500 lbs. worth of stuff in order to go five
Photo by Marcin Wichary. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.
Photo by edkohler. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.
The 2008 Ford Focus gets 35 mpg on the highway. Back in 1997, the Ford Escort (the Focus' predecessor) wagon got 34 miles (37 under the old EPA system). That's not much of an improvement in the last decade. Ecomodder thinks people can do better. That's why the website is offering up a $100 gas card to the best redesign of a 1997 Escort wagon that was purchased specifically for this project, so if you think you can beat the pants off Detroit in increasing the MPG rating of this basic ride, here'