Switching on the radio between 7 and 9 a.m. is never a positive endeavor.
Car accidents, backups and ominous air quality warnings are as common to a Portlander's commute as a travel mug of coffee.
But eco-entrepreneurs Fiona Mitchell, Jesse Yun and William Sampson think they've found a way to ease the stress of commuting in the form of a big, white biodiesel van.
The nine-passenger van, powered by "B100" fuel - all biodiesel with zero traditional fuel - has spent its last seven months acting as an eco-conscious limousine service, ferrying revelers to vineyards, Portland nightclubs and even the coast as part of EcoShuttle's special events services.
"We began as an airport shuttle," Mitchell, marketing and advertising director and co-owner of EcoShuttle, said. "Then we started using it as an entertainment shuttle to supplement our income." [Read more]
By Nathalie Weinstein