One tank challenge: From West Palm to D.C.

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

NORTH PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Rick Kearney says he's making history on the road. He's promoting his electric green machine on a trip to Washington, D.C.

It's a Toyota Prius, a hybrid powered by a combination of gas and battery power.

But things were taken up a notch after the Prius was outfitted with a special Hymotion Lithium battery creating an electric, plug-in hybrid able to travel 30-40 miles without using any gas at all.

Kearney left the parking lot of Earl Stewart Toyota in North Palm Beach June 1 driving up the Eastern Seaboard while stopping every 30 to 40 miles and plugging in for a few hours to re-charge his battery.

The point is to use little to no gas during the 1,100 mile trek which he will completing by 11 a.m. Thursday parking right at the National Mall.

"This is technology, that even though it comes out of the future, is available today. It's not on the drawing books, it's on the streets. It's available to the general public," said Kearney while taking a driving break in Richmond Virginia.

Kearney added he thinks the government should spend on infrastructure to support these all-battery types of cars.

The Lithium battery costs $10,000, but Kearney says the amount of gas you save should make up for the cost pretty quickly.