|CalCars at the Maker Faire April 22-23|
Saturday, April 22, 2006 (10am - 6pm)
Sunday, April 23, 2006 (10am - 5pm)
The San Mateo Fairgrounds
2495 South Delaware Street
San Mateo, CA
CalCars will be in the "Ultimate Garage" area
Under 12 free
212.255.8455 ext. 25
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Sebastopol, CA (March 1, 2006)- Following President Bush's recent endorsement of advanced hybrids, and coinciding with Earth Day weekend, The California Cars Initiative (CalCars.org) will publicly convert a Toyota Prius hybrid into a "plug-in" hybrid during the inaugural Make magazine Maker Faire, April 22-23.
Over two days, CalCars engineers, along with a cadre of volunteers, will build and install a battery pack and make hardware and software adjustments to the stock Toyota Prius. The finished "PRIUS+" will drive back to Seattle, Washington after the Faire with a 10-mile low-speed all-electric range in addition to its regular hybrid extended range.
Unlike a standard hybrid, which uses the gasoline engine to power its battery, a plug-in hybrid adds a larger battery that can re-charge from a household 120-volt outlet. The result: a 100+ MPG plug-in hybrid fueled with gasoline plus cleaner, cheaper, domestic electricity.
Coming to the San Mateo Fairgrounds in San Mateo, CA, Maker Faire is a celebration of science and technology projects and the new Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. "Make was created to expose the fun of technological hacking and discovery - and what could be more fun, not to mention worthwhile, than hacking a real world solution to our world's energy woes?" explained Make magazine publisher Dale Dougherty. CalCars.org founder Felix Kramer added, "If a handful of independent experimenters can create a plug-in hybrid over a weekend, imagine what auto-makers could do in a few months."
In addition to the CalCars project, other Maker Faire highlights include: 6 exposition & workshop pavilions (Weird Science, Ultimate Garage, Robotics, Digital Entertainment/Gaming, Green Tech & Electronics Recycling, Ultimate Workshop), 5-acre outdoor midway, over 100 exhibiting Makers, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, DIY competitions, crafting for Makers, Make: Movies, and the very latest in tools, kits and DIY resources.
For the very latest information and updates, please visit: www.makezine.com/faire.
For press information and registration please contact Mark Ballard at 212-255-8455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on CalCars.org, please contact Felix Kramer at 650-520-5555 or email@example.com.
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