A group of inventors in Philadelphia may have discovered the future of
alternative energy – if they can get a hall pass to work on it, that is.
While the world’s biggest automobile manufacturers seem to be
struggling to invent a vehicle that combines both energy efficiency and power,
five high school students at West Philadelphia High School have created a
high-tech, high-efficiency vehicle as a project in their auto shop class.
According to CBS News,
the car is capable of reaching speeds of zero to 60 in 4 seconds, and gets more
than 50 miles to the gallon. The car uses a soybean-based biodiesel as its fuel
The five students who created the vehicle – each of whom became
involved with the project through an after-school program for troubled teens – said working on the car has helped straighten out their lives and keep them on
However, none of them have been able to fathom why a giant car
manufacturer hasn’t been able to mass-produce a similar product – although they
do have a sneaking suspicion.
“They’re making billions upon billions,” Kosi Harmon, one of the five
students, told CBS News. “And
when this car sells, that’ll go down – to low billions upon billions.”