Monday, July 09, 2007

Orange County Choppers Creates E85 Bike

The world-famous custom motorcycle manufacturer Orange County Choppers just revealed a new chopper that runs on E85, a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.

It's the first "green" chopper for Paul Teutul Sr. and his sons Paul Jr. and Mikey, who also star in the reality show "American Choppers." It was unveiled at the Iowa Corn Indy 250 in late June, marking the first year that the IndyCar Series race cars are running on 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol. Paul Jr. explained:

“We had no idea Iowa had so many cutting-edge renewable energy efforts underway until we came to the state for inspiration in the design of the E85 chopper."

You gotta love this: Not only does the chopper includes an engine that runs on E85, but also spinners on the wheels that run to scale of a genuine wind turbine and front fenders that feature 3-D sculpted corn and rear fenders that feature soybeans.

The chopper is part of the "Join the Ride Iowa" movement, led by the Iowa Farm Bureau to encourage renewable energy development and investment. The chopper will tour around Iowa this summer will be raffled off for $10 a ticket. Proceeds go to the American Lung Association of Iowa in support of its "Clean Air Choice" program.

I love these stories of typically unlikely folks taking action on renewable energy and clean technology. Rather than the expected Greenpeace activists (who are great - I was one myself), we're seeing the likes of WWE Smackdown commentator JBL talking about global warming, Rupert Murdoch going carbon neutral, and Orange County Choppers featuring energy independence.

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