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Wheels: New York to Washington on About One Gallon of Gas

(New York Times)

Imagine driving from New York to Washington on one gallon of gas. It may sound far-fetched, but a 17-year-old took the challenge.

Rami Bedewi of Potomac, Md., enjoyed building model cars as a child. The hobby continued in high school, when as a student at Georgetown Preparatory School he decided to build a vehicle he could actually drive. But what?

Mr. Bedewi settled on a one-seat hybrid that could travel the 230 miles from New York to Washington using a battery-powered motor and one gallon of gas. He called the project the “One Gallon Challenge” and said he spent two years tinkering with shelf components after school and on weekends.

On March 12, 2012, Rami Bedewi set off at 5:30 a.m. from Jersey City.

The trip consumed one and a quarter gallons of gas, but he could have made it with less than a gallon if he had fully depleted his battery the last 50 miles, he said. Instead, he finished the trip on a fully charged battery, using an extra quarter gallon of fuel.