Beginning the week of September 5, 2005, stations across the U.S. will air the first episode of COOLFUEL ROADTRIP™ (www.coolfuelroadtrip.com). In 18 episodes, viewers will travel with a crazy bunch of adventurers, meet celebrities including Daryl Hannah, Jack Johnson, Ed Begley, Jr., and Alexandra Paul and get to know America’s new innovators. These COOLFUEL ROADTRIP pioneers are involved in a 16,000 mile road-trip across the U.S. and are sure to change U.S. fuel woes into a happier reality.
In episode one, while trying to get from San Francisco to the Oregon border on geothermal charges, show host, Shaun Murphy, takes an unexpected turn and meets eco-friendly actor, Ed Begley, Jr. Using his dry wit, Begley reminds Murphy of the great energy that resides within and gives Murphy an opportunity to power an entire home with energy produced via pedaling; quite the electrifying work out. “Shaun is an excellent guest to have over when you have a home that can be powered by pedaling. That Aussie can pedal for hours on end,” commented Begley, Jr. “The COOLFUEL ROADTRIP seems pretty impressive too. I’d like to have Shaun come over and cycle so that I can watch it on TV.” The remaining episodes continue to deliver a wonderful mix of celebrities, comedy, adventure and entertaining education.
COOLFUEL ROADTRIP is a raucous ride on American back-roads, by-ways and highways exploring the variety of non-fossil fuel dependent vehicles and fuels available. Hosted by Murphy, Australian TV adventurer and personality, the show delivers the all-American road trip, complete with humor, drama and adventure. Murphy, his loyal dog Sparky (a better scene-stealer than Rupert Everett in My Best Friend’s Wedding), and their crew travel around the U.S. without using gasoline.
“A coolfuel is anything besides gasoline,” explains Murphy. “You can grow it, squeeze it, fry it, heat it up, or catch it. Heck, you can even generate coolfuel with your own two legs!” And in 18 episodes the energetic and passionate Aussie takes on the challenge of finding and using coolfuels. Murphy says, “Along the way we have a great time with the celebrities who are really into coolfuels, and we meet the innovators and inventors who know a thing or two about designing and building vehicles and developing fuels from a wide range of resources. It’s just fantastic!”
Throughout the episodes, the COOLFUEL ROADTRIP crew films the entire epic on cameras, powered by soybeans, as they try anything and everything to complete the ultimate road challenge. They take on a Ferrari 360 Modino in a road-race; visit Martin Luther King’s home in Montgomery, Alabama; battle raging forest fires in Northern California and spend time on Daryl Hannah’s Colorado ranch. A host of celebrities deliver comic relief, musical interludes and entertainment as the crew find their way in and out of mishaps, miscommunications, and mysteries.
Using a variety of fuel sources including; hot rocks, cow manure, garbage, hempoline, food, sugar and vegetable oil, the COOLFUEL ROADTRIP crew drives, flies, floats and peddles its way around the United States. They’re not worried by continuing barrel price increases or the unsightly $2.35 per gallon average pump price. They drive Hummers and Harleys, fly planes and jet-turbine trucks.
Guaranteed to please every member of the family, the show is FCC-friendly, environment-savvy, and literally, a breath of fresh air. COOLFUEL ROADTRIP, produced by Balance Vector Productions, Inc., is executive produced and hosted by Shaun Murphy.