Hofstra University went green in celebration Earth Day 2009 on April 22nd. One of PRestige’s clients, Hofstra’s Center for Civic Engagement, hosted a very successful event on the Great Lawn that featured many green-themed activities including an alternative fuel car show. The show included two cars and a truck but the best part was the battery-powered motorcycle.
Carl Vogel, of Long Island, told students about the motorcycle that he worked so hard to develop. A first time builder, Vogel said that he had never really worked on cars or done anything with motor vehicles before. The bike is an electric Harley-Davidson with a sidecar that gets about 60 miles per charge and Vogel said it has gone as fast about 85 mph. Vogel said, “I stopped after I got there, I have never tried faster”. It contains ten battery packs, which totals 560 pounds of lead-acid batteries and a generator that charges the batteries while the bike is running. The generator runs on vegetable oil or biodiesel fuel made from soybeans so it is environmentally friendly. Vogel said that the bike’s generator actually powered his house during the blackouts of 2003. He said, “While all my neighbors were without power, I had my air-conditioning on”.
Vogel recently returned from a trip across the country on his electric bike as a part of Discovery Science. Vogel said, that the trip was a little rough on the bike and that “it has been through everything”. When asked about the gorilla that sits in the sidecar, Vogel explained that the animal did not make the trip with him. What a great opportunity for Hofstra students to learn about this new eco-friendly technology and for PRestige to get to promote such a great event!
Written by Jess Nelson
Here are photos from the event!
It was a successful event with delicious food, cool cars, and t-shirts — all benefiting our world.
I just wonder what part the chicken had in the celebration….