MTSU Professor Drives from GA to CA on 10-Gallons of Gas

Mar 08, 2012 at 07:24 am by bryan


His final destination of Long Beach, Calif., within sight, Middle Tennessee State University Professor Cliff Ricketts will see his 2012 goal of traveling coast-to-coast on 10 gallons of gas or less achieved today (March 8).

Ricketts, 63, who is in his 36th year as a School of Agribusiness and Agriscience faculty member and 34th year as an alternative-fuels researcher, and his eight-member support team plan to arrive in Long Beach by 3 p.m. PST at the Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 East Ocean Blvd. They will have traveled 2,582 miles on well under 10 gallons of gas.

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Ricketts, who lives outside Mount Juliet, Tenn., and fellow driver Terry Young of Woodbury, Tenn., have driven 2,200-plus miles on about 1.5 gallons of purchased gasoline. Their other fuels have been solar, electricity, hydrogen from water and E95 (95 percent ethanol and 5 percent gas).

From Fort Smith, Ark., to Long Beach, they drove a 2007 Toyota Prius hybrid, using E95 and electric (two, 10-kilowatt-hour battery packs).

Ricketts said he also plans a similar coast-to-coast trip in 2013, that one on sun and water. It should be noted that as of March 7, AAA said national average gas prices were $3.76 for regular, $3.90 for mid-grade and $4.04 for premium.

For move, visit http://mtsunews.com/ricketts-coast-to-coast/. Watch a video about the trip at http://mtsunews.com (click on “MTSU Alt-Fuel Team Goes Coast to Coast on 10 Gallons of Gas” and get more facts about the trip at mtsunews.com/ricketts-coast-to-coast-facts.

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