15 Apr '11, 10pm
Video: The Finnish-Built, Wood Burning El Camino
Juhas Sipilä’s 1987 El Camino, affectionately dubbed “El Kamina” (The Stove), features a very steampunk-like woodgas generator taking up about half of the truckbed. El Kamina’s 400 Chevy engine can take the 4,400 pound truck about 125 miles on 175 pounds of biomass, or about 1.4 pounds of biomass-per-mile. The truck itself can carry enough fuel for around 800 total miles of travel. Juhas, a parliamentary candidate, genuinely seems to believe that homegrown biofuels can reduce his country’s dependence on oil, and it is nice to see a politician (even if it’s a Finnish one) put his money where his mouth is. Juhas is in good company too, as there is a whole society for woodgas-converted vehicles in Finland . Whether or not that helps him get elected remains to be seen, but it probably won’t hurt.