9,000 Mile Green P2P Challenge in full swing with over 1,500 miles behind us. Next stops: Elmhurst, Illinois; Lexington, Kentucky; South Carolina.

What are we doing? A team from Seattle is driving both a Toyota Prius and a new clean burning diesel Jetta 9,000 miles cross country. The Green Human team is putting both cars to the test and evaluating their performance in all kinds of conditions, from the bitter cold of the Northeast winter, to the desert heat in the Southwest.

Why is what we’re doing newsworthy? One of the top mandates of the new administration is to move this country in the direction of green energy. Couple that with the bailouts being given to auto makers, and the need for more information and discussion about new and existing POV’s becomes an obvious topic. While hybrid electric is extremely viable for light duty passenger vehicles, particularly in urban environments, there needs to be other solutions for other types of transportation needs. Hybrid technology and clean burning diesel represent two of the most “work ready” solutions today. Many organizations agree with Green Human, that our energy future must come from multiple energy resources and the addition of true clean burning vehicle technology opens to doors to a much wider choice of fuel stock (including BioFuels) than hybrid gasoline engines alone.

So why is this news NOW? The new “clean burning” technology in use by the Jetta is 90% cleaner than the previous generation of technology producing less than 0.05 NOX gram per mile which NOW - FOR THE FIRST TIME - MEETS OR EXCEED ULEV STANDARDS IN ALL 50 STATES. This clean burning technology is now squarely on par with Hybrids and provides ANOTHER REAL alternative for consumers to consider. The goal of this test drive is to give consumers (both through a first hand look and interactive technology as we drive), a SIDE by SIDE look at the real benefits of each of these vehicles under a variety of conditions and criteria.

REVISED UPDATED SCHEDULE:
ELMHURST, CHICAGO: FEB 21, 11 AM
@ Larry Roesch Volkswagen, 313 West Grand Ave., Elmhurst, (Chicago) Il 60106
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY: FEB 23, 8:30 AM
@ Don Jacobs Volkswagen, 2689 Nicholasville Road, Lexington, Ky. 40503.
GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA: FEB 23, 5 PM
@ Steve White Volkswagen, 100 Duvall Drive, Greensville S.C. 29588
MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA: FEB 26TH
@ East Coast Volkswagen, 8756 C Hwy 17 Bypass South, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588