Not All SUVs are Gas-Guzzlers - Biodiesel Ford Explorer on Display at 10th Annual MHTA Wonders of Technology State Fair Exhibit

                 Student-Modified SUV Runs on Soybean Oil

  WHAT:  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will display a student-
         modified 2002 Ford Explorer at the 10th annual Minnesota High Tech
         Association (MHTA) Wonders of Technology State Fair exhibit.  The
         4,500-pound SUV gets 40 miles to the gallon and runs on biodiesel,
         a renewable fuel made in the United States from soybean oil.

         Minnesota ranks third in the nation for soybean yields, with more
         than 300 million bushels produced annually.  With more than 7
         million acres of soybeans, each year Minnesota harvests about 43
         bushels per acre.

         The modified Ford Explorer, nicknamed "Moolander," was designed by
         a team of University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW) undergraduates for
         the U.S. Department of Energy "Future Truck" competition, which UW
         has won the past two years. Their diesel-electric hybrid is
         powered by both a 2.5-liter direct-injection turbo diesel engine
         and an electric motor.

  PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:
         -- The Ford Explorer is on display in the MHTA Wonders of
            Technology exhibit each day of the fair.
         -- Representatives from MHTA and the Minnesota Pollution Control
            Agency are available for interviews each day.

  WHEN/WHERE:
         9 a.m. - 9 p.m.              MHTA Wonders of Technology
         Aug. 21 - Sept. 1            Progress Center
                                      (Intersection of Cosgrove & Randall)

  BACKGROUND:
         The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) accelerates the growth,
         success and sustainability of Minnesota's technology-based
         economy.  MHTA members include virtually every aspect of
         technology creation, production, application and education in
         Minnesota.

         With 800,000 visitors annually, the Wonders of Technology is the
         largest education display of technology in the nation. MHTA
         created the Wonders of Technology in 1994 to build awareness and
         excitement about the use of technology in our everyday lives.
Work:  (952) 230-4552
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