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A Parade and The Drive for Innovation 7/20/11 By Kevin Smith Read more…


Who’s the most innovative so far?

In the the first major leg of the Drive for Innovation, we hit six states in five weeks and covered 3,800 miles in the Chevy Volt. Our goal is to root out great stories about innovators, innovations and innovative products. The stories we came across were phenomenal, but that’s just me. It can be hard to judge when your hands


Inside the Illuminati 7′s engine compartment

(Odometer: 587 miles) VIRDEN, Ill.–Kevin Smith, in our earlier video and post, walked us through the Illuminati 7′s interior and exterior design, and then we got to roar out onto the highway. We also had him give us a tour of the vehicle’s engine, a beautiful creation with Frankensteinian accents (parts from a Fiero, a Geo Metro and so on).

Team Illuminati

Four years and a hundred grand

That’s what Kevin Smith and friends are into on the Illuminati Motor Works 7 electric vehicle. But that’s an engineer for you. Smith, a young engaging chemical engineer with the Illinois EPA, got the alternative vehicle bug in high school working on a solar project, and he carried that energy into college. In 2007, things got interesting when Smith began

Illuminati 7 car emerging from its garage


(Odometer: 587 miles) VIRDEN, Ill.–Rocketing past corn fields in the middle of Illinois is a machine that has to be seen to be believed. Take a look at part 1 of our report on our visit with Illuminati Motor Works, Virden, Ill.

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