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Wood-Powered Cadillac Cruises Past Gas Stations

Tired of paying ridiculous prices at the pump? Longing for days like this from yesteryear?

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Then maybe you should follow in one Iowa man’s shoes and craft your own wood-powered Cadillac (or maybe just get an EV).

Herb Hartman made his own wood-powered Cadillac.

Herb Hartman made his own wood-powered Cadillac.

Herb Hartman is a retired machinist living in (funnily enough) Woodward, Iowa, and attached the “gasifier” to the back of his Cadillac for just about $700. Now, he doesn’t have to worry about paying for gas (except for the small bit of gas required to power up the Caddy). He does, however, have to get the wood from a friend and then split it himself before feeding it to his wood-hungry Cadillac.

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Hartman’s wood-powered Cadillac


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Hartman told WHO-TV, “A full hopper will go about fifty miles depending on how you drive it,” and he added that splitting the wood was “labor intensive. That’s the big drawback.”

Wood-Powered Cadillac

The Cadillac hitting the road

According to Hartman, the wood-powered Cadillac drives just like a regular Cadillac. He just has to tote along his giant gasifier to get from A to B. Reportedly, he’s put about 5,000 miles on the wood-powered Cadillac since he woodified it.


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Source: WHO-TV
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