Nissan LEAF Contest is Over: I Have Been Bested

May 11th, 2011 Posted in cars, contest, dang, event | 2 Comments »


You might want to sit down before you read this news. Go on, I’ll wait.

Although my hopes were high, someone else’s video won the Raleigh Nissan LEAF event. As full of sorrow as I am, I’ll blink back the tears just enough to put up a link to the winning video.



Winner’s Video

And did I mention it’s fun? Ohmahgod.

Dang. My hat is reluctantly off to him for winning. He must’ve done a good job getting out the vote for that video.

For old times’ sake, here’s my video entry, one last time:



Joe’s Video

Such poise. Such je nais sais quois. As for how that video didn’t win, I shall never know.

Although the final vote may say otherwise, I think we can all count this as an emotional win for my video. Better luck next time.

Test Drive the Nissan Leaf in Raleigh

March 2nd, 2011 Posted in cars, electric, event | No Comments »


This Saturday I’ma have the chance to test drive a brand-spanking new electric car known as the Nissan Leaf.

“Dang”, I hear you say, “But I want to test drive that electric car, why not me?” . Why not you indeed.

This Friday (March 4) through Sunday (March 6) will be your chance to test drive the all electric Nissan Leaf when it comes to the State Farmers’ Market in Raleigh.

You can either sign up for a spot to drive the Leaf, or take your chances and just show up and wait. You can sign up for a test drive at this link here.

Tell them EcoJoes dot com sent you, and wink when you say it. They’ll know what you mean.

New Tiny Car Saves Gas, Space, and Resources

September 20th, 2010 Posted in cars, green business, inventions | No Comments »



Picture from Gordon Murray Design

Professor Gordon Murray, who is a famous Formula 1 race car designer, is spearheading a project to produce some dinky cars that weigh only about 1,250 pounds, seat three, and have a top speed of close to 100 miles per hour — all for $9,000 per car.

Now I don’t think the T25 is as small as THIS atom-sized automobile (P-50), but it’s pretty dang close.

Not only is the car itself tiny, but it’s built in a very small factory, from recycled plastic bottles, glass fiber, and steel tubes — using only 20% the material needed for a “normal” car. As for its miles per gallon, let’s just say that it bucks this sad MPG-improvement trend and clocks in at a whopping 74 miles per gallon. Say whaaaaattt??!!!

All in all, it looks like a great, efficient car. Of course, it’s a bit “greener” to ride a bike instead, but if you’ve got to drive a car, then the T25 may just be for you.

Bonus T25 Benefit

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Two Smart Cars in One Parking Spot, Dang

June 24th, 2009 Posted in cars | 5 Comments »


Last weekend, I was coming out of Brew and View when I spied something out of the ordinary. Over a year ago, I had been amazed just to see one Smart Car in Raleigh. But this topped that easily…
Two Smart Cars in one parking spot
It was two Smart Cars parked in one parking spot! Yes, I’m sure they planned it all out and thought they’d be all cool and mess, but forilla, it really was pretty neat to see two cars parked together like that.

Also, it’s not too late to try to win your very own Smart fortwo. Act now while supplies last.

Win a Tote Bag or a Smart Car

March 8th, 2009 Posted in cars, contest, free | 3 Comments »


Watery car
Step right up, folks. We’ve already seen how to get a free tote bag. And also how to win a free Smart Fortwo. But what about a contest where you have a chance to win both?

Fret not, for Purex has THIS CRAZY CONTEST where you can win these very things. All you have to do is come up with a jawsome, eco-friendly tote bag design and submit it to their contest before May, 2009.

You can win cash-money, a free tote bag, or a Smart Fortwo. I’m ’bout to enter the contest myself; I strongly suggest you do the same.

The World’s Smallest Car – the Peel 50 (P50)

February 5th, 2009 Posted in cars, inventions, transportation | 10 Comments »


worlds-smallest-car-peel-p50
Dang, here I was thinking that the Smart car was tiny — the P50 is much smaller! So small, in fact, that the Guiness Book of World Records recognizes it as the smallest car ever produced.

how many miles to the gallon do you get? This bad boy got 100 miles per gallon!

The P50 has a single-cylinder 49cc engine and only three wheels… technically, it’s not even a car (they classified it as a motorcycle). Only about 100 were made, so if you get a chance to see one, you go and you take that chance.

To learn more about this awesome automotive oddity, please place your mouse cursor over THIS and mash the button.

Win a Free 2009 Smart Car Fortwo

February 4th, 2009 Posted in cars, free | No Comments »


Step right up and enter for the chance to win a de-luxe 2009 Smart Fortwo. These bad boys get 33 city/41 highway miles to the gallon — not too shab, although for how tiny they are, you’d think they’d get better gas mileage than that.
Free 2009 Smart Car Fortwo
But anyhoo, click THIS HERE LINK for the chance to win your very own Smart Fortwo. Apparently, you can enter once per day, so that’s what I’ve been doing. The contest is only open until Halloween this year (dang, such a long time). Just imagine, not only will you be saving on gas (and cutting down air pollution) while you drive, you’ll be able to park in some tiny parking spaces. Can’t beat that with a stick.