the Tesla Roadster all-electric sports car

What do Boeing’s biofuel hydroplane U-787, the Tesla Roadster and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner have in common? They are lightweight, fuel (or alternative fuel) efficient made of advanced composite materials, and push the technology envelope. On Thursday, April 22, 2010, Earth Day turns 40 and the Future of Flight Aviation Center invites everyone to mark the occasion by visiting between 9am – 3pm that day to view Boeing’s hydroplane, U-787 and meet Chip Hanauer, hydroplane and racecar driver, and watch the Tesla Roadster in action. Official program begins at 11am. Chip Hanauer will drive the Tesla Roadster at 11:30am. Autographs all day. Earth Day activities are included in the price of an aviation gallery ticket: $10 adults, $5 for kids 6-15, under 5 free. U787 and two Tesla Roadsters will be at the Future of Flight through Sunday, April 25, 2010.

The Tesla Roadster is an all-electric sports car produced by the electric car firm Tesla Motors. The Roadster is the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first electric vehicle to travel more than 200 miles per charge and can accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Find out how to sign up to drive the Tesla car at and click on “Join Us for Earth Day.”

Boeing’s U-787 biofuel (camelina-jatropha mix) hydroplane ran in last year’s Chevrolet Cup, part of Seafair weekend hydro races. On July 31, 2009, it clocked the fastest lap time of the day at more than 153 mph using a 90 percent biofuel blend. Of course, it helps when Motor Sports Hall of Fame driver, Chip Hanauer, is at the wheel.

Other activities on April 22, 2010 include presentations by students from Marysville Arts and Technical High School who will display projects on “What Happens When the Oil Runs Out.” Voyager Middle School students, who completed a six-week Flights of Innovation education program at Future of Flight in March 2010, will discuss Flight 1 of the program, which includes innovative solutions to a climate change issue.

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