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You are here: > News > March 31, 2005

100 mpg Challenge: National Monte Carlo-Style Rally

Contest, with $10,000 in awards will be held May 13-14, in conjunction with the annual Tour de Sol, which features alternative energy vehicles.

From press release:

Toyota PriusGREENFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, USA – $10,000 in awards will be given to the most fuel efficient vehicles in the National Monte Carlo-style Rally this May. The prizes will be given to  production hybrid or bio-diesel vehicles that travel a minimum of 150 miles, at an average of over 60 mpg. A $5,000prize will be given to the most fuel efficient vehicle that brakes the 100 mpg barrier. Vehicles can start at any of 15 locations across US and Canada, and must arrive in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. by noon on May 14, 2005.

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association has created this all-new Monte Carlo-style Rally for people with advanced vehicles that reduce petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions” says Nancy Hazard, executive director of NESEA, organizer of the 2005 Tour de Sol. ( “Scores of advanced vehicles will converge at the Tour de Sol finish line at Saratoga’s Spring Auto Show, to celebrate how we can reduce our need for foreign oil TODAY.”

Self paced Monte Carlo-style Hybrid Rally - Entrants will travel to Saratoga Springs, NY at heir own pace, starting at any of 15 pre-selected starting sites across the US and Canada. Many entrants have already registered from as far as Washingtonstate, 2500 miles away.

There will be 9 categories of vehicles, with a minimum rally distance of 150 miles, with no limit on range. The Rally finish ceremony and award presentation will be part of Saratoga’s Spring Auto Show on Sat. May 14 at the Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, NY (

TEST of NEW 30 mpg HYBRID SUV’s – A special challenge has been thrown out to FORD, Toyota and Lexus to see which of the new Sport Utility Hybrids will get the best mileage with their new SUV’s. This is the first event that will demonstrate the efficiency of the 3 NEW Sport Utility Hybrids, which the public will also get to see in Saratoga, at the finish line

Self paced Monte Carlo-style RallyMonte Carlo-style Rally participants are invited to join at one of the numerous starting sites around the US and Canada. After they have topped off and had their fuel tank sealed, they will drive on any route, to the finish line at Stewarts’ Shops in Saratoga Springs,NY. There, they will get a free fill up with gasoline or biodiesel, compliments of Stewarts’ and Environmental Alternatives – and we will measure the fuel used, and mileage driven.

There are ten vehicle categories. After filling up, Rally participants will join the Tour de Sol, the clean energy and transportation festival and competition, on Saturday, May 14 at Saratoga’s Spring Auto Show. $10,000 in awards will be presented at 3 PM. The Automotive Career Development Center of Worcester, MA is helping to organize the rally, and starting sites.

Tour de Sol –From the drawing the show the customer's garage

“The Monte Carlo-style Rally is a perfect addition to the Tour de Sol,” says Nancy Hazard of NESEA. “While the Tour de Sol pushes the envelope so that we can all have cost competitive, zero carbon, non-toxic, domestically-produced energy and transportation, the Rally demonstrates what everyone can do today to help reach that goal.” Now in its 17th year, the Tour de Sol challenges auto companies, students, entrepreneurs, fuel suppliers, and government to work together, and design, build, and market vehicles that can meet our transportation needs without compromising our future.

From May 13-16, 2005, the general public is invited to see what Yankee ingenuity has created. In addition to talking with advanced vehicle owners participating in the Monte Carlo-style Rally, and students who have built vehicles to compete in the Tour de Sol Championship, attendees will have an opportunity to see three new hybrid SUV’s, Honda and Toyota’s hybrid sedans, electric bikes and scooters, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. After participating in Saratoga’s Spring Auto Show, which is organized by the Saratoga Auto Museum, On Monday, May 16, the Tour de Sol will parade to Albany for a free display on Albany’s Empire State Plaza . The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the Center for Technology Commercialization are Premier sponsors of the Tour de Sol and Monte Carlo-style Rally. Supporting Sponsors include the New York Power Authority, the U.S. Department of Energy, Toyota, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Honda, and the Federal Highway Administration.

The Tour de Sol is organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), the nation’s leading regional education and advocacy association that aims to accelerate the deployment and use of renewable energy, and energy efficiency. NESEA produces major sustainable energy events that inspire and motivate large numbers of people to get involved and make a difference. For more information on the Tour de Sol and Monte Carlo-style Rally registration, go to or call 413-774-6051.

Monte Carlo Vehicle Categories

  1. Toyota Prius Classic (’01-’03)
  2. Toyota Prius (’04-’05)
  3. Honda Insight
  4. Honda Civic Hybrid
  5. Honda Accord Hybrid
  6. Hybrid SUV - Ford Hybrid Escape, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Lexus 400 Hybrid.
  7. Custom Built hybrids (modified or built from scratch)
  8. Modified Factory Hybrids, including plug-in factory hybrids
  9. Biodiesel, and Clean Diesel vehicles
  10. Modified BioDiesel or other Diesel vehicles

# # #


Nancy Hazard
413-774-6051 x 18

Follow-up Correspondence

Miscellaneous Vehicles Welcome

From: Dunn, James
To: Sterling D. Allan
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2005 10:47 PM
Subject: RE: 100 MPG Challenge - $10,000 in awards!

Sterling - Good question – The event was originally focused around Hybrids to show the true performance of factory production hybrid vehicles. Then someone mentioned that we had some Biodiesels with good mileage (and using alt. fuels). So we added BioDiesel categories 9 and 10.

I think it would be OK for other vehicles to enter, but I really would be surprised if a licensed factory ICE vehicle other than a hybrid or Diesel could get over 100 mpg. (Or even close)

We have no objection to someone entering other types of high performance vehicles, in fact we encourage all ideas for reducing dependence on petroleum, and reduced emissions. The vehicle would still have to meet the usual criteria as to state registration, insurance, and meet state and federal emissions standards.

It would compete in Category 7,8, or 10; probably in category 8 for most vehicles like GeoMetros or VW’s. We might even change the category wording to include modified factory hybrids and misc. gas powered ICE vehicles.

(Although we have a number of pure EV’s in the regular tour, we do not have the charging facilities along the various routes to include them in the MC Rally).

Hopefully this addresses your question.


James P. Dunn
NESEA Tour deSol
May 13-16
Saratoga – Albany NY

Contest is for OEM-built vehicles

From: Nancy Hazard
To: Sterling D. Allan
Cc: Dunn, James
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2005 6:32 AM
Subject: Re: 100 MPG Challenge - $10,000 in awards!

I'd like to add a PS to Jim's comments.

I'd like to emphasize that our Monte Carlo-style rally [a new feature], which is part of the Tour de Sol is for
OEM-built vehicles + OEM-built vehicles with some minor modifications.
We considered other alt fuel vehicles and came up against the hard fact that we did not have the capability of refueling them...maybe next year.

Vehicles that do not fit into the above definition have two other options to compete at the tour de Sol
(The Tour de Sol offers THREE competitions)
The other two are as follows:
- Tour de Sol Championship - primarily for one-of-a-kind vehicles built by students. OEM-built vehicles can participate in their own category

- E-bike, E-scooter and NEV event - started last year to accommodate "around town vehicles"

The goal of the Tour de Sol is to encourage ingenuity, demonstrate, and showcase vehicles that
- reduce oil use - ultimately to zero
- reduce climate change emissions - ultimately to zero
As such, we are interested in all types of vehicles in addition to walking, biking, mass transit - but the main focus is on the technology advances.

Please let me know if there is some type of vehicle that we are missing - we are always looking for all kinds of solutions!

For more info - please see our web site at

Nancy Hazard
Executive Director
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
413-774-6051 ext 18
Fax: 413-774-6053

Air Car Okay

From: Dunn, James
To: Sterling D. Allan
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2005 7:12 AM
Subject: RE: 100 MPG Challenge - $10,000 in awards!

Sterling – After pondering this for a minute I realized that there might be some people out there like the Air powered vehicle that might want to enter.

Since their recharging is electrical, we have a way to compute the equivalent gasoline displaced (using formulas like the Michelin Bibendem rally.

However, we could only monitor the recharge energy at the finish line where we have a full 250 KW charging station.

If you think we should invite any such vehicles, kindly provide us their contact info.

We do have a plug-in hybrid already registered that claims to get 140 mpg, and very long range.


James P. Dunn
NESEA Tour deSol
May 13-16
Saratoga – Albany NY

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Page posted by Sterling D. Allan March 31, 2005
Last updated December 24, 2014





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