This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

May 28, 2003

Students on Cross-Country Trip in Vegetable-Oil-Fueled Bus

They're done with finals, and now 15 students of Middlebury College in Vermont are heading across the country in a bus. Along the way, the students will be stopping at many a fast-food restaurant to fill up their tank—and no, we're not speaking metaphorically. The students modified their bus to run on either vegetable oil or biodiesel and are taking it on a 3,000-mile cross-country trip. Being serious students, they plan to monitor the vegetable-oil operation along the way for aspects of fuel quality, fuel sourcing, range, acceleration, emissions, and long-range feasibility. But they're not that serious—they'll be hitting a lot of prime rock-climbing sites on the way to their destination in Conway, Washington.

The bus left Middlebury on May 19th and is expected to arrive in Conway on June 11th. As of May 28th, the group was on an extended rock-climbing visit to Red River Gorge, Kentucky, with plans to depart to Winnetka, Illinois, on the 29th. See the Project Bio Bus Web site and press release.