AMRITSAR to NAGERCOIL - CANNONBALL INT. EV RUN™
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The Trans-India Cannonball International Run for electric vehicles (zero emission vehicles) is one of the most difficult ZEV runs in our portfolio. This is because some of the distances between stopping points are over 200 miles. In addition, there are few fast charge points at the logical geographical recharging locations, which will mean significant time delays for vehicles that do not have a means to refuel other than mains electricity charging.
India is rapidly developing renewable resources that will ultimately benefit a change to a sustainable all electric economy for both economic reasons, the health of the nation and as a means to curb changing weather patterns.
CANNONBALL INTERNATIONAL OFFICIAL ROUTES
India is officially the Republic of India (Bharat Ganrajya), a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Burma and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; in addition, India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.
The Indian economy is the world's eleventh-largest by nominal GDP and third-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). Following market-based economic reforms in 1991, India became one of the fastest-growing major economies; it is considered a newly industrialised country. However, it continues to face the challenges of poverty, corruption, malnutrition, inadequate public healthcare, and terrorism. A nuclear weapons state and a regional power, it has the third-largest standing army in the world and ranks eighth in military expenditure among nations. India is a federal constitutional republic governed under a parliamentary system consisting of 28 states and 7 union territories. India is a pluralistic, multilingual, and a multi-ethnic society. It is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats.
Major environmental issues include forest and agricultural degradation of land; depletion of resources such as water, minerals, forest, sand, and rocks; environmental degradation; public health issues; loss of biodiversity; loss of resilience in ecosystems; and livelihood security for the poor. According to data collection and environment assessment studies of World Bank experts, between 1995 and 2010, the progress India has made in addressing its environmental issues and improving its environmental quality has been among the fastest in the world.
LEFT: The Tata Nano, a 600cc IC engined city car that may be produced as an electric version, this vehicle was showcased at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. If an EV Nano is sold it is expected to be the "world's cheapest electric car", use lithium-ion batteries, and have a range of 80 miles (130 km). A Norwegian electric car specialist, Miljøbil Grenland AS, has been named as a supposed partner in the project. The 80 mile range will prevent a standard Nano from being competitive as a Cannonballer. Many EVs today have a 300 mile range. Tata also own the Jaguar brand.
2013: Top Indian utility vehicle maker M&M launched the most advanced home-grown electric car yet seen, pricing it at $11 000.
The four-seat, two-door e2o has zero emissions, an 80 kmh (50 mph) top speed, is automatic and can run for 100
kilometers on a single charge. The new car boasts 10 onboard computers analyzing
core functions and sending alerts if anything needs fixing - a feature usually found in costlier cars - and can be fully charged in five hours from a 15A power socket.
"We need to make a clean energy future," he said, warning that the nation of 1.2 billion people "is at a tipping point" with vehicle emissions increasingly blamed for respiratory and other illnesses and environmental problems.
The car is the fruit of the $16 billion M&M group's 2010 purchase of a controlling stake in Indian electric vehicle maker Reva, pioneered by engineer Chetan Maini, as part of a green technology drive.
According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as of 2013, the Indian economy is nominally worth US$1.758 trillion; it is the eleventh-largest economy by market exchange rates, and is, at US$4.962 trillion. With its average annual GDP growth rate of 5.8% over the past two decades, and reaching 6.1% during 2011–12, India is one of the world's fastest-growing economies. However, the country ranks 140th in the world in nominal GDP per capita and 129th in GDP per capita at PPP.
The 486.6-million worker Indian labour force is the world's second-largest, as of 2011. The service sector makes up 55.6% of GDP, the industrial sector 26.3% and the agricultural sector 18.1%. Major agricultural products include rice, wheat, oilseed, cotton, jute, tea, sugarcane, and potatoes. Major industries include textiles, telecommunications, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food processing, steel, transport equipment, cement, mining, petroleum, machinery, and software. In 2006, the share of external trade in India's GDP stood at 24%, up from 6% in 1985.
In 2008, India's share of world trade was 1.68%; In 2011, India was the world's tenth-largest importer and the nineteenth-largest exporter. Major exports include petroleum products, textile goods, jewellery, software, engineering goods, chemicals, and leather manufactures. Major imports include crude oil, machinery, gems, fertiliser, and chemicals. Between 2001 and 2011, the contribution of petrochemical and engineering goods to total exports grew from 14% to 42%.
CANNONBALL INTERNATIONAL EV SERIES
The Cannonball EV Run™ series is for battery or hydrogen fuel cell powered electric vehicles that are based on ordinary production vehicle running gear and must be capable of carrying a passenger. They may be solar assisted, provided that the solar panel area does not exceed four square meters - a rule that may be relaxed as we learn from experience. See the full Cannonball EV rules HERE.
These rules are designed to promote the development of an international EV infrastructure, as a means of accelerating the transition from IC engines to clean electric motors, especially in countries that do not have abundant sunshine, where support for non-solar assisted electric vehicles is all the more important.
Map of the Trans-India Cannonball EV Run
AMRITSAR to NAGERCOIL - TRANS-INDIA CANNONBALL EV RUN SUGGESTED STOPS
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It's about time we had an EV compatible with battery or hydrogen fuel cell technology. The Ecostar DC50 by Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd may well be the vehicle that changes all that from 2015.
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