The 100 Mile-Per-Gallon Alternative Car

100 mpg with off-the-shelf technology? Jack McCornack isn’t crazy, he just believes cars can have a lot better fuel economy than we’ve settled for historically. Enter MAX — the MOTHER EARTH NEWS entry in the Auto X Prize competition, a $10 million race for 100 mile-per-gallon alternative cars. This article details MAX’s origins and the early stages of its development.

MAX’s diesel engine has no ignition system, no carburetor, no electronic fuel injection — it just runs, and quite efficiently so.
MAX’s diesel engine has no ignition system, no carburetor, no electronic fuel injection — it just runs, and quite efficiently so.
Photo by Jacky Leggitt