Men set record in veggie-oil-powered van

March 23, 2010 at 5:27 PM
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NEW YORK, March 23 (UPI) -- Two Canadians said their record-setting drive in a vegetable-oil-powered van reached 23,697 miles in New York.

Tyson Jerry, 26, and Cloe Whittaker, 24, said they reached the mark -- enough to surpass the alternative-fuel driving record set two years ago by a German team using natural gas power -- Monday at New York's Robert F. Wagner Middle School, and they are expecting the drive home to Victoria, British Columbia, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

The pair began their trek in South Carolina in November using a 1993 Delica Mitsubishi, which runs on used cooking oils collected from restaurants along their cross-country route.

They said they hope their accomplishment will spark more interest in biofuels.

"A veggie oil tank is not going to solve all the problems in the world, but we just want kids to start thinking about other ways to get around besides using gas," Whittaker said.

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