Green MotorSport is preparing for its annual drive around Europe powered by solar energy, in the World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) from 12th to 21st June. The purpose of WAVE is to evaluate the latest advances with battery electric vehicles powered by renewable energy and to give awards in several categories. This year the WAVE will start in Plauen near Berlin and visit over twenty towns and cities with demonstrations given at schools, local businesses, government offices and communities. The WAVE will finish in the high Alps, covering some of the most difficult terrain in Europe. Continue Reading ->
The day started out fine with breakfast, coffee and orange juice. Following the usual procedure we loaded our suitcases, unplugged and hit the road. We were on our way to Interlaken, a beautiful day through beautiful scenery past open sided tunnels. Hidden under pages from the road map to block the sun from the face of the android pad I was reading the numbers, which meant the state of charge, current and voltage. Continue Reading ->
Today we are going up the Furca Pass, at 2436 meters, the highest one in Switzerland. We were ready and began our drive. As we approached the beginning of the Furca Pass we happened to pass Urs on his electric bicycle. We tooted and waved and Urs waved back enthusiastically. In my eyes Urs would be the hero of the day. After all, it was the Furca Pass and to get over it on an electric bicycle was going to be no mean feat!
It has been a number of days since writing the first blog. I had to face the fact that my sometimes-impossible optimism about being able to get online even though we were all warned it would be difficult was failing miserably. So, like any contemporary geek I made the final decision and through my provider I arranged a traveling hotspot that most likely will send my wallet straight into cardiac arrest, which will only happen once I get home. Continue Reading ->
This buggy, the Tapir, we are driving in this years WAVE is the result of a wild discussion on the way back from last years WAVE and as a prototype this years WAVE will be her debut. Her children will be enlisted in GAF projects carrying seedlings, water and people and will also be sold to the general public as an all purpose vehicle for on and off the road as well as for simply tootling around the countryside. Continue Reading ->