Our Project History
One of Eco Living's current projects is its electric pick-up truck
with hydrogen fuel cells, Electric Blue".
Electric Blue was originally a 1981 Ford Courier without a gasoline
internal combustion engine. Jet Industries bought 35 of these truck
shells to make electric vehicles for utility companies as part of
a pilot program. Those 80 electric vehicles were the only ones ever
made using this model.
After a few years, the utility companies sold the trucks. Our truck
was purchased by Leo McGraw of Brick, New Jersey. Mr. McGraw drove
it daily to work at AT&T until he retired. When Mr. McGraw passed
away, his truck sat idle for several years, until it was recently donated to Eco Living
The Electric Blue project has three parts:
1. Create a vehicle which can compete in a rally style race known
as the US Electric Vehicle Championship in the hydrogen fuel cell
category of the Tour de Sol: Great American Green Transportation
Festival. The Tour de Sol runs from May 12 through 18, 2002, with
festivals scheduled in Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC; Sandy Point
State Park, MD; Philadelphia, PA; Trenton, NJ; and New York City,
2. Send the team and the vehicle to participate in the Tour.
3. Create a reliable electrically powered truck that can be used regularly by staff and volunteers of Eco Living as a commuter vehicle and as a demonstration vehicle in environmental education programs for school children and community groups.