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Your Set-Top Box Is Murdering Your Electric Bill. Here’s What You Can Do
A study says your DVR and cable box draws more power than your fridge or air conditioner
In Which We Fight Rain and Embrace Aftermarket Parts From the Garbage
As I was soaked with rain, I started to rethink my design
In Which We Compare Our Electric Vehicle to the Organic Vehicle–the Amish Horse and Buggy
As we passed westward from the steep mountains of Kentucky’s eastern section into the rolling hills of its bluegrass country,...
In Which We Compare Our Vehicle With the More Practical EcoCar Challenge Entrants
We explore the more practical next-gen vehicles that you might actually see on the road in the future
In Which We Drive Through West Virginia’s Mountains and Wind Farms
Virginia's mountains provided the first real obstacles on our trip--but also some windy inspiration
On the Unanticipated Effects of Curves
We’re five days into our cross-country road trip. The rolling hills of Virginia’s Piedmont are behind us, and we’re into...
The Simple Things, Revisited
Day two of our tour started with a picturesque ride on back roads through Virginia’s Piedmont country, with rolling hills...
On Planning a Transcontinental Trip (With Enough Time for Recharging)
With the majority of kinks worked out of the vehicle’s design (we ended up adding a light but functional fairing,...
On Simplifying Our Design and Making Sure Other Motorists Can See Us on the Road
Just weeks away from the start of the tour, we found ourselves with a working chassis, but without a body-like...
On Choosing the Right Motor and Having Our Cross-Country EV Classified as a Bicycle
We expected efficiency to be the key challenge as we constructed our cross-country, ultralight electric vehicle. After all, we’d decided...