What a day!
After a good sleep at the hotel we were up early and made our way to the Daimler Museum where we were taking part in a world record of the most electric vehicles in a convoy. We were hoping for over 400 but it turned out to be over 500! It was a fantastic experience to be amonng so many electric cars, bikes, buses. All moving around with nothing more than a whisper. The whole event was awe-inspiring.
We got the record and unofficially it was 507 vehicles.
After we all lined up to make the shape of a heart with the words “Electric car World record Stuttgard 2014”. This was filmed from a drone from high up. We will try to get the video for you later.
Then a 58km drive to the beautiful town of Heilbronn where we were welcomed to the town square. Charging was available and we plugged in while we were given a guided tour of the town. This town was totally destroyed in the war and has been completely rebuilt since. They have done a great job of maintaining its character.
Next we drove on to Wolpertshausen where we are staying the night. We have been welcomed by the town mayor and the head of the farmers cooporative who was hosting us for dinner and breakfast.
We would like to thank the towns of Heilbronn and Worpetshausen for making us feel so welcome and for providing us with food for us as well as our cars.
Tomorrow is a little more relaxed with a nice start time of about 8.30 then on to visit some farms where they generate electricity from biomass. There is a range competition too but we won’t be pushing the limits too far!
A great day for the first full day of the WAVE.
Today we are taking part in a world record attempt for the biggest EV convoy. We are hoping it will be over 400!
Will we do it? Follow on the Wave Trophy web site at wavetrophy.com
We are finally on our way… departed 7.58am to Schaffhausen and Stuttgart. Yes!
We have 371km ideal range in max range mode.
The purpose of today was twofold… test out the tech for the WAVE and give me a bit of a tour of the area around Zurich. It was successful on both counts.
However, it wasn’t all plain sailing. We are using a MiFi hotspot for Internet connection and in spite me testing it out in the UK when I started it this morning it didn’t connect. 15 mins on the phone to the support in the uk sorted it out but it delayed us a couple of hours. No harm done as that was the point of today… to solve these kinds of issues.
Continue reading Another great day in Zurich
Yesterday was busy but fun. After flying to Zurich I met up with Markus and we went to his home where we spent a couple of hours setting up the car and making sure everything fitted in the tiny boot of the Tesla Roadster. It did… well, mostly!
After lunch in an English pub (!) Markus was kind enough to give me a potted tour of the centre of Zurich with its rich history going back to the Romans. It is a city I will have to return to when I have more time to explore.
Then we went to a company launch party for CleanTech where we met up with no less than 6 Tesla Model S owners and another Roadster. Most of these these will be joining us for the trip to Stuttgart for the world record or doing the WAVE so I will see then later in the week again.
Then back to the hotel for a well needed sleep. A long day and great fun.
Tomorrow is a holiday in Switzerland so we are doing a driving tour around Zurich to test out the various tech on board. Follow us on Glympse on the home page.