|My name is Rami Bedewi. This website documents my project the One Gallon Challenge which I
worked on from October 2010 to March 2012 when I was a high school student at Georgetown
Preparatory School in North Bethesda Maryland. Ever since I was a child, I have enjoyed cars;
however as I have matured, my interest in cars has shifted from mere appearance to
performance, efficiency, and new technologies introduced into the automotive industry. This has
led to me to wonder why is it that most cars cannot travel much more than 30 miles on one gallon
of fuel. I have been thinking about this dilemma for sometime now and became very intrigued by
the X-Prize competition in 2009 during which many companies competed to see who could
create the most efficient, commercially viable, car. The winners of the competition were able to
achieve over 100 miles per gallon but it appeared to be on track conditions. These factors
inspired me to pursue the One Gallon Challenge.
|The goal of the project is to build a single person
hybrid-electric commuter car using off-the-shelf
components that is capable of achieving over 200
miles per gallon on normal road conditions. The
challenge is to drive the car from New York City to
Washington DC, a distance of approximately 240
miles, using a combination of a battery powered
electric motor and a generator with one gallon tank
of fuel. The drive is mainly on secondary roads and
averaging a speed of 30-35 miles per hour.
I completed the One Gallon Challenge on March 12,
2012. Read more about the trip here.