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TdS Report #20: Team Profile: Driven to Work

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TdS Report #20: Team Profile: Driven to Work

Scott Pfluger and Lorraine Margolies have a story. "We are Driven to Work.
And we are driving this rented 2001 Honda Insight. During the September crisis
most of the people on my team lost their jobs. We all have a background in
marketing and advertising and promotion. We are pooling those resources to
make up for what we don't have in technical ability to bring this car and prove
that anybody anywhere can get this car. That proves the point that the Tour de
Sol has had an effect; the general now has these hybrid vehicles available to

The car is rented from EV Rentals in California, through Budget in Washington
DC. "We have it for a month, to allow time to put the singage on, and take it
off before we return it."

Other team members are:
John DeBellis
Andrew Pfluger
Janet Bailey

"When business died after 9/11, we met at a career group that meets every week
to develop job hunting skills. Around February we started thinking if we just
took all the talent in this room we could form our own company. Scott was
interested in alternative energy sources." Scott had done promotions for teams
in past years. And the idea grew from there. They then just used all the
skills from their former jobs to pull the team together and get into the Tour.

"Our goal is to practice our skills while promoting better milage. It gives us
an event to talk about to future employers.

To get in touch with any of the Driven to Work team, call 908-781-7756.

Vehicle Name Honda Insight
Vehicle Number 46
vehicle type category Hybrid electric
Team Name Driven to Work
Organization Team Driven to Work
City Bedminster
State NJ
No People in Project 4
part of school curriculum? No
Vehicle Manufacturer Honda
Vehicle Model Year 2001
Vehicle Type Class Light Duty (car, truck, van)
Vehicle Type Division Production
Vehicle Type Model Insight
sale price $21800
motor kW peak 10 kW
motor manufacturer Honda
motor type AC Induction
Energy Storage Manufacturer Panasonic
Energy Storage System Gas Electric Hybrid NiMH
Batteries series
Battery Panasonic/Gas Electric Hybrid NiMH
Battery 120 cells/ series/ n/a
Battery 900 Whrs/ v/ 45 lbs
battery blocks 120 cells
battery watt hrs 900 Whrs
battery weight 45 lbs
control system manufacturer Honda
control system type AC
regenerative braking? Regen
Conversion Pre-Prod Prototype
body material Aluminum body
frame material Steel frame
Length both L: 12 ft/ 11 in
Width both W: 5 ft/ 7 in
Height both H: 4 ft/ 0 in
# seats 2
Weight pounds 1837 lbs
Mfg GVW 1878 lbs
lbs of persons 200
brake front type Front disc
brake rear type Rear drum
engine size 995
fuel effeciency 57 mpg
fuel tank capacity 10.6
Fuel Type Gasoline
number of tires 4
tire manufacturer Bridgestone
tire model P165/R14
Range miles 600 miles
Program blurb Team "Driven to Work" was formed by marketing
professionals who share an interest in
alternative energy and in promoting special
events. We are sponsored by, Spark
Communications and CTC Advertising. The "Driven
to Work" entry showcases how accessible green
vehicles have become to the consumer. Our team's
car is a rented Honda Insight.

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The complete set of Tour de Sol Reports for 2002 can be found at:
The complete set of past Tour de Sol Reports can be found at:
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The above is Copyright 2002 by Michael H. Bianchi.
Permission to copy is granted provided the entire article is presented
without modification and this notice remains attached.
For other arrangements, contact me at +1-973-822-2024 .
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For more on the NESEA Tour de Sol, see the web page at
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Official NESEA Tour de Sol information is available from the sponsor,
the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) at
413 774-6051 , and 50 Miles Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 , and
[email protected] . All media enquiries should be addressed to ...
Jack Groh
Groh Associates
[email protected] email
401 732-1551 telephone
401 732-0547 fax
401 952-0886 cell/pager
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