As many of you know, I believe my mission in life is sharing our automotive heritage with future generations. As part of that mission, I developed Cruise-IN.com: Celebrating Indiana Car Culture to celebrate the pioneers, companies, and communities who made automotive history.
The Munson built in 1898 in La Porte, Indiana, is recognized as America’s first gasoline-electric hybrid automobile. Over the years a number of individuals have used this Cruise-IN.com resource while researching hybrid vehicles in America.
Kayla Russell, a science volunteer in upstate New York, is using the Munson article in teaching students about energy conservation as part of a science project. I want to salute her for her research about energy conservation and sharing the Munson story with youngsters.
One of her previous 12-year-old students, David, who is crazy about science as well as cars, did some additional research on his own and found this page about the importance of Eco friendly cars.
The article has a lot of useful information such as: 1. it took almost 100 years before development of the Toyota Prius, one of the first mass-produced hybrid cars, and 2. as more and more hybrid and electric vehicles become available, consumers are more likely to purchase these alternative cars. The article also provides nine tips to make traditional gasoline vehicles more Eco friendly and reduce pollution.
I applaud David’s in-depth research about Eco friendly cars for his class project. I see another budding auto enthusiast researching and sharing our automotive heritage. I believe he’ll be involved with autos for a lifetime.
It’s great to be able to connect with researchers, teachers, and students to celebrate car culture.
For more information on Indiana auto pioneers follow this link.