2002 Tour de Sol Winners Announced

May 20, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (Greenfield, MA) announced results for this year's Tour de Sol, the Great American Green Transportation Festival, after a real-world road test from Washington to New York. A Greenest Vehicle Award was awarded to two vehicles that tied. A Honda Insight entered by Drive to Work (Bedminster, NJ) and a Toyota Prius entered by S&S Auto Sports (Tulsa, OK). Both hybrid-electric vehicles demonstrated an average of 55mpg over the 300-mile course. In the prototype division, the prize for greenest light-duty vehicle went to West Philadelphia (PA) High School for its battery-electric Saturn that achieved a 180mpg fuel efficiency.

A Greenest Vehicle Award also went to the Climate Cooler II, an electric-powered motor scooter entered by the United Nations Environmental Program, which demonstrated 280mpg of fuel efficiency. The AVS22 hybrid-electric bus from Advanced Vehicle Systems won honors in the production division's heavy-duty category. Other top finishers in the prototype division included: Hybrid - Team Paradyne from the University of Tulsa; Battery-Electric - Sojourner 1 from West Philadelphia High School; Two-Person Solar - Solar Black Bear from the University of Maine; One-Person Solar - Zodiac from the West Irondequoit High School in New York; One-Person - La Clean Machine from Personal Electric Transports in Hawaii; and Hydrogen - Electric Blue from the Eco Living Fellowship in New Jersey.