April 20, 2006

Tour de Sol announces Canadian start site

Greenfield, Massachusetts – The Tour de Sol, a “green” car show and competition, has announced a Canadian start site at the Advanced Transportation Institute (ITAQ) in Saint-Jerome, Quebec, with competitors to finish at Saratoga Spa State Park in New York.

The eighteenth annual event, organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), invites anyone driving a hybrid or flex-fuel ethanol vehicle, or using biodiesel in a diesel car or truck, to join the Monte Carlo-style rally and the new Fuel Efficiency Competition. Entrants will drive to Saratoga to arrive by Saturday, May 13, where they will join with other vehicle owners, students competing with one-of-a-kind vehicles, and auto companies exhibiting their latest hybrid, CNG, biofuel and hydrogen vehicles.

The rally rewards miles per gallon, with trophies given to those who participate in the Drive-In Rally. Cash prizes and trophies are offered to hybrid and modified hybrid drivers who participate in the 321 km (200 mile) drive from Saratoga Spa State Park to Cooperstown, New York and back on Friday, May 12 and demonstrate the highest fuel efficiencies that are at least 40 per cent greater than EPA estimates for their vehicles.

There are nineteen start sites, eighteen in the U.S. plus the Quebec site; people who do not live within 80 km (50 miles) of a start site may start from their homes after registering and calling in to NESEA. For more information, visit www.nesea.org, www.TourdeSol.org, or call 413-774-6051.

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