Traveling Across The USA 100 Watts At A Time

Journalist Pierce Hoover was constantly telling his son to turn off the bedroom light before leaving the house before he came up with an innovative way to show his son, and others, just how much energy can be saved. His plan? Travel across the United States on the same amount of energy a 100 watt lightbulb would use each a day.

Father and son are set to start their adventure from New York City’s Time Square to the Oregon coast this summer in a pedal-electric vehicle as a demonstration of energy conservation and efficiency. Their trip has caught the attention of big names like General Electric and Popular Science magazine, both of which are sponsoring the journey.

image via Lightfoot Cycle

The Hoovers will be using a Micro-car from Lightfoot Cycles made in Darby, Montana, and fitted with an EcoSpeed bike motor out of Portland, Oregon. The pair will need to pedal during the trip, but will use the energy equivalent of just two gallons of gas during their entire adventure.

While on the road, the two will stop by the White House and at various locations along the trek for informal demonstrations. They are expected to complete the trip in 90 days, just in time we’re assuming, for Hoover’s son to start the new school year.

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Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

1 Comment

  • Reply April 15, 2011

    Opus the Poet

    This could be a big step in showing that we don’t really need 200 HP and AC to get where we need to go.

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