Editor’s note: Actor and environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr., journeyed last month in a natural-gas car from his hometown of Los Angeles to Des Moines, Iowa, site of the nation’s first political caucuses, to raise the profile of clean-car technology. Here he relates his (mis)adventures.A Week Before Departure
The good folks at the EarthYear 2000 event in Iowa are excited that I’m driving an alternative-fuel vehicle to their conference. They intend to put it on display for all to see.
I love promoting clean technology. I’ve driven cross-country about 10 times and it’s always exciting and relaxing to watch the countryside unfold. I’m starting to get stoked as the day draws near.Days Before Departure
I learn that my Ford Contour NGV (natural gas vehicle) will not be ready for my trip to Iowa. I can’t take my other car, a GM EV-1, all the way to the Midwest because I have to be there in three days and an electric car would take weeks with stop-offs for recharging. What’s a fella to do? I could, of course, hop aboard a plane like ever... Read more