And they're off - Pierce Hoover and son Nash in their custom-built Hundred Watt Hybrid (Photo: Popular Science Magazine)
Next stop, the West Coast - the Hoovers began crossing the U.S. in a hybrid human/electric vehicle (Photo: Popular Science Magazine)
The Hundred Watt Hybrid is so named because the vehicle energy supply is limited to 2,400 Wh per day - the equivalent of leaving on a 100W light bulb (Photo: Popular Science Magazine)
Full windshield, roll bar and side-by-side seating - the Hoovers' hybrid human/electric vehicle pictured before starting off on a tour across America (Photo: Popular Science Magazine)
Map of the Eco Tour route (Image: Popular Science Magazine)
To the continued annoyance of his father Pierce, twelve-year old Nash Hoover was forever leaving his bedroom light on when he wasn't in the house. Determined to teach him the real value of wasted energy, Nash's journalist father popped the young wastrel on an exercise bike that displayed the amount of energy being produced and told him to pedal away until he managed to produce enough watts to power a standard incandescent light bulb. Then the pair had the notion of spreading the now fully-learned lesson by traveling across America in a vehicle that uses no more energy than a light bulb left on each day.
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