New York, New York – A car fuelled by a blend of algae-based gasoline has completed a ten-day trip from San Francisco to New York City.

The tour was sponsored by the Veggie Van Organization along with the support of algae-based renewable fuel company Sapphire Energy, and covered 6,035 kilometres. The fuel contains a mixture of hydrocarbons refined directly from algae-based “green crude” and extracted through Sapphire’s proprietary process.

The trip was made in a plug-in hybrid vehicle, based on a 2008 Toyota Prius with an unmodified gasoline engine, but with an added battery pack, a plug, and an advanced energy management system. The car got an average of 1.6 L/100 km in the city in plug-in hybrid electric mode, and 4.5 L/100 km on the highway in hybrid mode on the tour.

The trip celebrated the premiere of the documentary movie FUEL, which won an award at the Sundance Film Festival.

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