International electric car endurance challenges, Japan, India, Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Russia, South Africa, UK, USA



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Dom de Luise (Captain Chaos) would toast these Cannonball EV events



The Trans-Japan Cannonball International Run for electric vehicles (zero emission vehicles) is a great opportunity for technology students and motor manufacturers to compete in a friendly series of international events to stimulate the acceptance of healthier vehicles. 


Japanese engineers are known for their technical excellence, quality and attention to detail which saw the Honda solar car win in the World Solar Challenge series in Australia. Zero emission vehicles 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.





The Cannonball International EV Run™ series is for battery or hydrogen fuel cell powered electric vehicles (any zero emission vehicle) 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.



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Map of the Trans-Japan Cannonball International EV Run










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Kyoto Prefecture



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GOOGLE SUGGESTED ROUTE - Driving directions  (This route has tolls)




1. Head east 217 ft
2. Turn right toward 旧線路通り 0.1 mi
3. Turn right at 中央二丁目(交差点) onto 旧線路通り 0.2 mi
4. Turn left onto 青森中央大橋/ 県道120号線       Continue to follow 県道120号線 1.6 mi
5. Turn left at 荒川字藤戸(交差点) onto 国道7号バイパス/ 国道7号線 0.4 mi
6. Turn left onto the ramp to 青森自動車道   (Toll road) 0.2 mi
7. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for 弘前・盛岡 and merge onto 青森自動車道  (Toll road) 4.4 mi
8. Continue onto 東北自動車道   -   (Toll road) 28.5 mi
9. Take exit 高速碇ヶ関IC toward 碇ケ関出口    (Toll road) 0.6 mi
10. Turn left at 東北道碇ヶ関入口(交差点) onto 羽州街道/ 国道7号線 (signs for 大館・秋田) 12.9 mi
11. Turn right at 釈迦内(交差点) onto 秋田自動車道/ 国道7号線 2.9 mi
12. Take the exit toward 大館南バイパス/ 国道103号線 0.5 mi
13. Keep right at the fork and merge onto 大館南バイパス/ 国道103号線 1.4 mi
14. Turn left at 立花(交差点) onto 羽州街道(秋田街道)/ 国道7号線   Continue to follow 国道7号線 19.0 mi
15. Take the ramp onto 琴丘能代道路(無料区間) 10.5 mi
16. Continue onto 琴丘能代道路     (Toll road) 10.7 mi
17. Take the ramp onto 秋田自動車道      (Toll road) 12.7 mi
18. Take exit 高速昭和男鹿半島IC on the right to merge onto 秋田外環状道路   (Toll road) 5.9 mi
19. Take the ramp onto 秋田自動車道    (Toll road) 11.7 mi
20. Take exit 河辺JCT toward 日本海東北道・本荘・酒田     (Toll road) 0.6 mi
21. Merge onto 日本海東北自動車道    (Toll road) 10.4 mi
22. Continue onto 日本海東北自動車道(無料区間) 13.3 mi
23. Continue onto 仁賀保本荘道路(無料区間) 7.5 mi
24. Continue onto 象潟仁賀保道路(無料区間) 4.2 mi
25. Take the ramp to 金浦バイパス/ 国道7号線 0.5 mi
26. Turn left onto 金浦バイパス/ 国道7号線 (signs for 酒田)    Continue to follow 国道7号線 22.6 m
27. Turn left onto 県道59号線 1.3 mi
28. Turn right to merge onto 日本海東北自動車道     (Toll road) 20.0 mi
29. Continue onto 日本海東北自動車道(無料区間) 12.9 mi
30. Take the exit 0.5 mi
31. Turn left (signs for 市内大岩川) 0.7 mi
32. Turn left toward 羽州浜街道/ 国道7号線 0.3 mi
33. Turn right toward 羽州浜街道/ 国道7号線 89 ft
34. Turn left onto 羽州浜街道/ 国道7号線
Continue to follow 国道7号線
27.3 mi
35. Turn left at 猿沢(交差点) onto 県道208号線 0.2 mi
36. Turn right to merge onto 日本海東北自動車道(無料区間) 12.9 mi
37. Continue onto 日本海東北自動車道     (Toll road) 28.8 mi
38. Take exit 新潟中央JCT on the right toward 北陸道・関越道・富山・東京    (Toll road) 0.5 mi
39. Merge onto 北陸自動車道     (Toll road) 296 mi
40. Take exit 米原JCT on the right toward 名神・彦根・京都     (Toll road) 0.6 mi
41. Merge onto 名神高速道路      (Toll road) 66.8 mi
42. Take exit 吹田JCT toward 中国道・山陽道・宝塚・岡山     (Toll road) 1.1 mi
43. Merge onto 中国自動車道    (Toll road) 18.8 mi
44. Take exit 神戸JCT toward 山陽道・岡山・徳島    (Toll road) 0.9 mi
45. Merge onto 山陽自動車道     (Toll road) 192 mi
46. Take exit 廿日市JCT on the right toward 山陽道・岩国・北九州     (Toll road) 0.9 mi
47. Merge onto 広島岩国道路      (Toll road) 7.3 mi
48. Take the ramp onto 山陽自動車道      (Toll road) 59.2 mi
49. Take exit 山口JCT on the right toward 中国道・下関・北九州     (Toll road) 0.8 mi
50. Merge onto 中国自動車道     (Toll road) 39.9 mi
51. Continue onto 関門橋     (Toll road) 5.9 mi
52. Continue onto 九州自動車道 (signs for 九州道・福岡・熊本)     (Toll road) 212 mi
53. Take exit 高速鹿児島北IC toward 国道3号線     (Toll road) 0.2 mi
54. Turn left at 鹿児島北インター(交差点) onto 国道3号線 (signs for 鹿児島市街・桜島フェリー) 2.4 mi
55. Keep right to stay on 国道3号線 0.2 mi
56. Turn left at 平田橋(交差点) onto 中之平通り/ 国道3号線 0.5 mi
57. At 照国神社前(交差点), continue onto 国道10号線 0.1 mi
58. Turn right at 中央公民館前(交差点) onto 朝日通り/ 国道58号線 0.2 mi
59. Turn left at 朝日通り(交差点) 0.1 mi
60. Turn left 223 ft








Arabia - Jeddah to Dubai

Australia - Darwin to Adelaide

Brazil - Boa Vista to Rio de Janeiro

Canada - Vancouver to Quebec

China - Ai Hui Qu to Shenzen

Denmark - Skagen to Copenhagen

Egypt - Kings Valley Rally - Aswan to Alexandria

France - Calais to Toulon

Germany - Bremerhaven to Munich

India - Amritsar to Nagercoil

Italy - Turin to Reggio Calabria

Japan - Aomori to Kagoshima

Korean S. Smart City Rally - Seoul to Busan

New Zealand - Nelson to Invercargill

Nigeria - Maiduguri to Lagos


Russia - Murmansk to Bolshoy Sochi

South Africa - Cape Town to Louis Trichardt

Spain - Girona to Huelva

Sweden - Karlsborg to Gothenburg

UK - John o'Groats to Lands End (Jogle)

USA - Los Angeles to New York




Flag of Japan  ABOUT JAPAN


Japan (Japanese: 日本 Nippon or Nihon; formally 日本国 About this sound Nippon-koku or Nihon-koku, literally "the State of Japan") is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why the country is sometimes referred to as the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands, the four largest being Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku. Together, these four islands hold about 97 percent of the country's land area. Japan has the world's tenth-largest population, with more than 126 million people. Honshū's Greater Tokyo Area includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures. It is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with more than 30 million residents.

Archaeological research indicates that people lived in Japan as early as the Upper Paleolithic period. The first written mention of Japan is found in Chinese texts from the 1st century AD. Influence from other nations followed by long periods of isolation has characterized Japan's history. Japan evolved into a cohesive society during the Heian period (8th-11th centuries AD). From the 12th century until 1868, Japan was ruled by successive feudal military dictatorships or shogunates in the name of the Emperor. In the early 17th century, Japan entered into a long period of isolation, which was only ended in 1853 when a United States fleet pressured Japan to open to the West. Nearly two decades of internal conflict and insurrection followed before the Meiji Emperor was restored as head of state in 1868 and the Empire of Japan was proclaimed, with the Emperor enshrined as a divine symbol of the nation.

Periodic insurrections and civil disturbances continued into the 1870s. A modern constitution was promulgated in 1889 and a Western-style parliament established. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, victories in the First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War and the First World War allowed Japan to expand its empire during a period of increasing militarism. From 1931, military expansion into China and Manchuria led to the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937. Japan allied itself with the Axis powers in 1940, and the war in China became part of World War II in 1941. While Japan initially enjoyed a period of military dominance, successive military defeats and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki led to the end of the war in 1945, Japan's surrender and the loss of its empire. Under Allied military occupation lasting until 1952, Japan dissolved and restructured its military, adopted a revised constitution in 1947 and became a unitary constitutional monarchy with an emperor and a democratically elected legislature.

A major economic power, Japan has the world's third-largest economy by nominal GDP and the world's fourth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It is also the world's fourth-largest exporter and fourth-largest importer. Although Japan has officially renounced its right to declare war, it maintains a modern military with the fifth largest military budget, used for self-defense and peacekeeping roles. According to Japan's health ministry, Japanese women have the second highest life expectancy of any country in the world. According to the United Nations, Japan also has the third lowest infant mortality rate.


Japan's exports amounted to US$4,210 per capita in 2005. As of 2012, Japan's main export markets were China (18.1 percent), the United States (17.8 percent), South Korea (7.7 percent), Thailand (5.5 percent) and Hong Kong (5.1 percent). Its main exports are transportation equipment, motor vehicles, electronics, electrical machinery and chemicals. Japan's main import markets as of 2012 were China (21.3 percent), the US (8.8 percent), Australia (6.4 percent), Saudi Arabia (6.2 percent), United Arab Emirates (5.0 percent), South Korea (4.6 percent) and Qatar] (4.0 percent).

Japan has a large industrial capacity, and is home to some of the largest and most technologically advanced producers of motor vehicles, electronics, machine tools, steel and nonferrous metals, ships, chemical substances, textiles, and processed foods. Agricultural businesses in Japan cultivate 13 percent of Japan's land, and Japan accounts for nearly 15 percent of the global fish catch, second only to China. As of 2010, Japan's labor force consisted of some 65.9 million workers. Japan has a low unemployment rate of around four percent.

TOYOTA was the largest automobile manufacturer in 2012 (by production). In July of that year, the company reported the production of its 200-millionth vehicle. Toyota is the world's first automobile manufacturer to produce more than 10 million vehicles per year. It did so in 2012 according to OICA, and in 2013 according to company data. As of November 2013, Toyota was the largest listed company in Japan by market capitalization (worth more than twice as much as #2-ranked SoftBank) and by revenue.

HONDA has been the world's largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines measured by volume, producing more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year. Honda became the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer in 2001. Honda was the eighth largest automobile manufacturer in the world behind General Motors, Volkswagen Group, Toyota, Hyundai Motor Group, Ford, Nissan, and PSA in 2011.

Since 1986, Honda has been involved with artificial intelligence/robotics research and released their ASIMO robot in 2000. They have also ventured into aerospace with the establishment of GE Honda Aero Engines in 2004 and the Honda HA-420 HondaJet, which began production in 2012. Honda has three joint-ventures in China (Honda China, Dongfeng Honda, and Guangqi Honda).

In 2013, Honda invests about 5.7% (US$ 6.8 billion) of its revenues in research and development. Also in 2013, Honda became the first Japanese automaker to be a net exporter from the United States, exporting 108,705 Honda and Acura models while importing only 88,357.



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Cannonball EV Runs - International events designed to promote EV infrastructure


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