The sources of renewable energy that are available for everyday use are extremely limited, so sometimes finding ways to reduce reliance on fossil fuels can be very difficult. There have been advances in electric vehicle technology, but typically, these automobiles can't travel too far without needing to be charged or relying on a back-up fuel source.
Despite these limitations, Middle Tennessee State University professor Cliff Ricketts had the creativity and the resourcefulness to do the unheard-of – drive 2,582 miles across the country using less than 10 gallons of gasoline.
But, Ricketts and eight others did far better than he would have ever dreamed of. Their trip from Tybee Island, Georgia to Long Beach, California not only took less time than they projected, they also only used 2.15 gallons of gasoline to get there.
"I feel like I climbed Mount Everest," Ricketts told the Murfreesboro, Tennessee-based Daily News Journal. "This has significance in life and it has significance for mankind."
The trip was broken up into three segments using three different vehicles and an array of different energy sources. During the first 900 miles of Ricketts' excursion, he and his team completely avoided using gasoline driving a 2005 Toyota Prius and a 1994 Toyota Tercel that were powered by only solar energy and water-derived hydrogen. They completed the final 1,682 miles in a 2007 Toyota Prius that ran mostly on battery power and trace amounts of ethanol.
When Ricketts finally reached his destination, he took off his shoes and socks and celebrated with his feet in the Pacific Ocean.
According to the news source, Ricketts announced that he expects to travel cross country again in 2012 on powered generated only by the sun and water.