Local Automotive X PRIZE competitor Illuminati Motor Works interviewed on WICS ABC 20 Video

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Local Automotive X PRIZE competitor Illuminati Motor Works was interviewed for a segment on WICS ABC 20. I didn’t get to watch the news that evening do to a problem we ended up having with our car when I got home from the Illuminati Motor Works Media Day ( Saturday June 27, 2009 ). The video that was broadcast is currently available on the WICS Channel 20 website.

I was present during the taping of this video. I’ve not taken the time to actually view the end production. It’ll be interesting to see what made the cut. I’m sure anyone who watches the segment will agree Team Captain Kevin Smith is informative but also well suited for the task of marketing their project. He’ll definitely keep you busy with the technical and scientific aspects of the vehicle build. These are things a bit over my head to be honest. I’m mostly interested in the challenge, the product and the results. Anyone who reads here often will know I feel our reliance upon fossil fuels is ridiculous. Illuminati Motor Works in their decision to build an all electric vehicle have chosen a path that could help reduce our dependency on that limited resource.

Using the links below readers can learn more about the Automotive X PRIZE competition and it’s goals. You can also read about how the Central Illinois team mentioned above is working to accomplish this task and hopefully win the competition as an underdog. It should be kept in mind that Illuminati Motor Works is actively looking for more sponsorship partners to offset the out of pocket expenses of the project. Hyundai is a Co-Sponsor whose support is greatly appreciated. But I’d venture a guess that any further donations or partnerships would be welcomed. Electric Vehicle Components recently signed on as a sponsor after Illuminati Motor Works made a team decision to build an all electric vehicle.

I’d like to give a quick thanks to the Illuminati Motor Works Team for the invitation to attend their Media Day. It was an interest way to spend a day. Not to mention the fact that it’s been years since I have been behind the scenes at any type of television production. There was one other extensive video documentary made that day. That one should have less time constraints & I’m sure less content will hit the cutting room floor during editing.

It was pointed out more than once that is sad to not see more local enthusiasm for this project. Local media has given coverage several times. But financial contributions and buzz have been hit and miss. The team has seen some national and international exposure though. As far away as the Netherlands.

100 mpg vehicle is here it just isn’t consumer ready

If it’s as simple as putting new battery technology in an EV1 why hasn’t it been done

Got Soy BioDiesel fuel for life renewable fuel vegetable oil

Is a water powered car coming this fall

Why own a smart car

Illuminati Motor Works will be on Discovery Channel show Brink tonight

Below are links to some subjects we discussed at different times during Media Day. Channel 20 was long gone by this time.

Is weather forecasting science or a best guess estimate

Looking for a grass safe natural weed killer

Simple ecoSNEAKS Black

Simple Sno Tire Dark Earth

I’m not an expert just a good resource

RFID ( Radio-frequency identification ) was mentioned briefly at some point around the square table discussions.

My liquid cooling adventure

Sucking up Seventh Generation bathroom tissue into a Dyson DC17 Animal is not good

Dyson DC17 Animal Absolute cord damage

There was an interesting discussion that led to two of us pulling out our Make Magazines. I had mentioned Philip Torrone because he did demonstrations and also spoke at Gnomedex.

The guys behind Maker Faire

Phillip Torrone Demo at Gnomedex – Geek News Central

Phillip Torrone Gnomedex 2005 2006

The guys behind Maker Faire PodTech.net Video

Make: Online : Podcast Robot!

Internet Archive: Free Download: TinyPodcast Video Edition – Gnomedex 5.0

Want to learn more about the Illuminati Motor Works Team and their electric car project? I’ll help you do just that with the resources below.

Illuminati Motor Works: Team IMW

Illuminati Motor Works Blog

Interested in helping the team reach their goal?

Illuminati Motor Works Sponsorship

Local Automotive X PRIZE competitor on WICS ABC 20 Video

Innovation, by Jen Danzinger Illuminati Motor Works Blog

Unfortunately I can’t link these articles individually. Here is a ton of content related to the Illuminati Motor Works project & some video

Maker Faire Austin 2008 Editor’s Choice

Eco-modding with Illuminati Motor Works

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  • On behalf of the IMW team, we would like to thank you for attending our media day. It was a pleasure meeting you, and we hope to stay in touch as we continue our efforts. Thanks again.

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