UBC Engineers Create Vehicle that Travels from Vancouver to Halifax on a Gallon of GasBy David Ponce

Yeah, so maybe it doesn’t do 0-60 under 5 seconds, nor does it have 340 ft/lbs of torque. Maybe it doesn’t spit fire when you floor it, but hell, my man, it can go from Halifax to Vancouver (that’s from coast to lovely Canadian coast, in case you don’t know) on one gallon of gas. That works out to just about 3,145 miles per US gallon (0.074 litres/100 km).

The vehicle is the first prize winner at the yearly Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Supermileage Competition that took place June 9 in Marshall, Michigan. It was developed by students at UBC, now winners for the sixth year in a row. The idea is to build the most fuel efficient vehicle possible. The competition rules stipulate that it must be powered by only an internal combustion engine, with no assistance from electric motors or human propulsion.

Last year, UBC won with an entry that clocked in at 1,600 mpg. It’s funny to think we get excited these days at cars that can manage 35mpg.

[UBC 3,145 Mpg Vehicle]


  1. Um i think Canada ends in NEWFOUNDLAND? how do I know, because I live there. I’m so sick of people excluding us out. If it were not for us there would be no Canada. So to all you so called “Cross Canada” success stories. Well you failed because you only went as far as Halifx, LOSERS!!!!

  2. This Vehicle Gets 3145 MPG!…

    This vehicle is the winner of this year’s “Supermileage Competition” which was hosted on June 9 in Marshall, Michigan. According to the rules of the competition, the participants must build the most fuel efficient vehicle possible, …

  3.  Hey Soopergooman… I wonder if you’re gonna see this comment… I’m happy that you’re still commenting on the site after all these years and I took it upon me to search for your name in Gmail.  This is the earliest comment I could find from you.  Freaking 2006.  It’s 2012.

    Time flies, eh?  Anyway, thanks for reading all these years!