FUELS

Red Honda car on the fuel station

Hydrogen

Hydrogen is one of the most abundant elements in the universe. But more than just being abundant, it has properties that means it can power a number of different types of transportation.

Vehicles fitted with hydrogen fuel-cells convert compressed hydrogen from their fuel tanks into electricity that powers the electric motor of a vehicle, providing a similar range to vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. And the best part? Whilst driving, hydrogen-powered vehicles only emit heat and water vapour.

In the US, Shell has a network of 35 refueling stations in California and is set to increase it to 100 in the next two years, making it an increasingly viable fuel for even more types of vehicles – something Team Omega discovered on the first leg of their journey out of the Golden State.

 

Read more about Hydrogen

Red car on the bridge

LNG

Natural gas burns cleaner than any other fossil fuel, but its gaseous nature means it isn’t exactly practical when it comes to powering vehicles. That’s where compressed natural gas (CNG) comes in.

By squashing its volume down to 1% of its normal atmospheric pressure natural gas becomes a practical, cleaner-burning transportation fuel, as The Great Travel Hack teams found out in some unique retro-fitted vehicles.

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) – a freezing cold, liquefied form of natural gas – is also playing an increasingly important role in lower CO2 emissions transport, powering heavy duty trucks, buses and ships around the world.

 

Read more on LNG

Couples on the boat

Electric

From everyday cars and speedy roadsters to heavy-duty pickups, super-fast motorbikes, and even high performance electric boats, there is a whole range of electric vehicles (EVs) available for The Great Travel Hack teams to choose from. And with zero tailpipe CO2 emissions when driving, they also proved a great way for the teams to make up serious mileage with lower-carbon power– across all sorts of terrain. They put the durability and versatility of EVs to the test, taking to sand dunes, some extremely rugged ground and even the water in electric-powered vehicles.

 

 

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VEHICLES

Couples enjoying on a boat

Episode 1 vehicles

Team Alpha

Hyundai IONIQ
Runs on - 
Electric battery

VW E-Thing
Runs on - 
Electric battery

Scorpion FS 26 Plus
Runs on - 
Human power/electric battery

CNG bus
Runs on - 
Compressed Natural Gas

Team Omega

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
Runs on - 
Hydrogen fuel cell

Bruce 22
Runs on - 
Electric battery

Tern E-Bike
Runs on - 
Human power/electric battery

Las Vegas Monorail
Runs on - 
Electrified rail

people posing for photo

Episode 2 vehicles

Team Alpha

All-Electric Jaguar I-Pace
Runs on - 
Electric battery

Maintenance Train
Runs on - 
Petrol

Horse
Runs on - 
Grass

Team Omega

Chevrolet Bolt (4)
Runs on - 
Electric battery

Rock Crawler
Runs on - 
Propane Gas

Fiik Big Daddy Board
Runs on - 
Electric battery

women driving

Episode 3 vehicles

Team Alpha

BMW i8 Roadster
Runs on - 
Gasoline Electric Hybrid

Fiat 124 Spider converted to EV
Runs on - 
Electric battery

Honda Uni-Cub
Runs on - 
Electric battery

Team Omega

Lexus LC500h
Runs on - 
Gasoline Electric Hybrid

Energica EGO
Runs on - 
Electric battery

66 Pontiac GTO converted to CNG
Runs on - 
Compressed Natural Gas

Segway Drift W1
Runs on - 
Electric battery

Party

Episode 4 vehicles

Team Alpha

Hyundai Kona Electric
Runs on - 
Electric battery

Chevrolet Bolt EV Taxi
Runs on - 
Electric battery

Inmotion V10
Runs on - 
Electric battery

Team Omega

Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD CNG conversion by PSI, GM authorized ALT FUEL SVM
Runs on - 
Compressed Natural Gas

Channje V8100 EV
Runs on - 
Electric battery

Onewheel+ XR
Runs on - 
Electric battery

Removing cover from car

Episode 5 vehicles

Team Alpha

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Runs on - 
Gasoline Electric Hybrid

Sail boat
Runs on - 
Wind

Dog sled
Runs on - 
Dog food

Team Omega

Range Rover Sport PHEV
Runs on - 
Gasoline Electric Hybrid

Skateboard
Runs on - 
Human power

Polaris Ranger EV
Runs on - 
Electric battery

More in the Great Travel Hack

Meet the host and the teams taking on this amazing lower CO₂ emissions challenge

Discover more about the teams taking on an amazing lower CO2 emissions challenge.

Mission Control

Meet the super brainiacs monitoring every move of the two teams on The Great Travel Hack. 

Watch The Great Travel Hack

Watch The Great Travel Hack and find out who was victorious in this amazing lower CO2 challenge.

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Electric Vehicle Charging

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