UK CANNONBALL EV RUN (JOGLE) - JUNE 2016
PROJECT LEADER: Terry Valeriano is a practical, hands on type of bloke. Handy, when you consider the challenges of such a project. He is just as much at home working with wood or metal. Terry and others will also be driving for at least some of the legs of the 894 odd miles from John o'Groats to Lands End. NEWS: The UK team that set the record in 2011 were planning another Tesla run for September 2014, hoping to improve their time.
2016 - 24 HOUR: JOHN O'GROATS to LANDS END - ENDURANCE RUN
As part of the international series of EV Cannonball events, a Trans-UK road trip is planned for June 0f 2015, to set a new record for electric vehicles (without breaking the speed limit) to demonstrate that clean motoring can be free of frustrating range limitations and charging delays. See the full Cannonball EV rules HERE.
Tesla so far has not only shown Detroit how real innovation is done, but it has even the most optimistic car industry pundit flabbergasted by what it has achieved. In case youíre just catching up, letís review a few of Teslaís numbers. It already has a market capitalisation of $30 billion, thatís more than half the value of GM. It sold more than 25,000 cars last year and expects to sell a further 35,000 cars in 2014. The marketing lessons run deep, as its top-down premium vehicle strategy has enabled it to build a brand which doesnít require advertising, or even an advertising agency. While the altruism of opening up patents is clear, itís also very clear that there are a number of business strategy benefits to the decision. In fact, itís a genius level marketing play. We need to remember that Tesla is now the clear leader in electric motor vehicles.
TESLA & ELON MUSK - THE RECORD TO BEAT
At the moment the record is held by Elon Musk and his superb Tesla sports electrics. The Tesla can recharge batteries by exchanging in around 90 seconds - a fantastic feat. But, Tesla could not exchange battery cartridges where there are no stations to service his cars, and worse still, there were no fast charge stations in the UK at the time of their runs.
JUNE 2016 EVENT
It is intended to stage an event from the famous tip of Scotland to the equally well known tip of Cornwall, to encompass the 840 mile journey in under 24 hours, hoping for a sub 20 hour record, with only five stops for refreshments and refueling. The record to beat is 48 hours, set in a Tesla by Kevin Sharpe and David Peilow in 2011. The same vehicles then went on the set a record time for crossing the USA from Los Angeles to New York - so there is more than one Challenge - we feel a series coming on for our city sports car to tackle:
THE ECOSTAR DC50 - with instant cartridge exchange recharging and solar panels for assisted driving. The solar panels will not be used for the UK Cannonball run - to keep it a fair fight. We may though switch between fuel cell and battery cartridges, just to show off our technology.
UK ROUTE BEGINNING AND END GOOGLE MAPS 14 hours 12 mins - TARGET 20 HRS @ 50 MPH AVERAGE with 10 minute breaks at each recharging stop.
TEAM SPEEDACE - Plan to attempt the UK Cannonball (Jogle) in June of 2016 if all goes according to plan.
SERVICE STATION SIMULATION
The recharging strategy is described on the teams own web-pages, but consider that with cartridge exchange as the recharging method, that this run is a simulation of transits for EVs generally, if it was that facilities were available.
LANDS END to JOHN O'GROATS - To demonstrate the system, a drive across the UK from John O'Groats to Lands End - in record time, will end the myth that EVs cannot compete with petrol cars as to range. The Ecostar DC50 has been made available to a UK team headed by Chris Close - for this attempt. When you do the maths you will realize that not only are EVs non-polluting, but that they are far more economical.
Each member of the UK Cannonball Run 2015 team will be issued with one of these overalls, superbly embroidered with the Blue Bird logo, symbolic of the Bluebird cartridge instant recharging system. BMS has granted a free trademark license to the team for this purpose.
Two or more drivers will swap duties as they feel jaded, so complying with national rest regulations. The car is capable of 100mph, but the drivers know that they must not break any speed restrictions - and will have to deal with regular traffic at two peaks; the morning and evening rush hours.
If you'd care to join Chris and his team for this run, in your own zero emission vehicle - you'll be most welcome.
Help with the development and running cost of this event is invited, by way of sponsorship prime event naming rights) or contributions in kind. If this is of interest to you, your organization or company please contact Chris:
THE RECORD CAR - ECOSTAR DC50 SPECS:
April 2014, the Ecostar undergoing tests for seating position: Project leader, Chris, in the driving seat with Terry lending a hand a co-driver. To comply with the International ZEV rules, standard production running gear must be used. Apart from that, the frame and configuration may be modified. Motors and gearboxes may be production items, or modified to enhance range. A points system will be applied to decide who will win the Blue Bird World Cup in any one year. By this means those competing on a lower budget stand a fair chance.
July 2014, the Ecostar is starting to take shape. The project leader, Chris, is seen here making sure the seating is comfortable enough for the record run.
Land's End to John o' Groats is the traversal of the whole length of the island of Great Britain between two extremities; in the southwest and northeast. The traditional distance by road is 874 miles (1,407 km) and takes most
cyclists ten to fourteen days; the record for running the route is nine days. Off-road walkers typically walk about 1,200 miles (1,900 km) and take two or three months for the expedition. Two much-photographed signposts indicate the traditional distance at each end.
the M5 Avon Bridge,
the M48 Severn Bridge,
Dornoch Firth Bridge,
John o' Groats
The Cannonball Run was immortalized in the movie starring Dom de Luise (Captain Chaos) and Burt Reynolds.
are two organisations supporting route attempts:
A taste for adventure capitalists
The Cannonball International EV Runs, are a series of events designed to promote and accelerate the development of an energy supply infrastructure for ordinary road going electric vehicles. Click on some of the events below to join in this drive - at a venue near you.
A Smart car charging while parked in the street in Amsterdam
CANNONBALL INTERNATIONAL OFFICIAL ROUTES
ECOSTAR DC50 LINKS A-Z INDEX
The UK cycling cup
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