BC2BC-2014 starts August 10, 2014 until August 17, 2014

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The 2014 third annual BC2BC All Electric Vehicle Rally starts August 10, 2014

The third annual BC2BC-2014, “All Electric Vehicle Rally”, 1500 miles from Mexico to Canada, is planned for August 10, 2014 through August 17, 2014.

The start will be in the Los Angeles, California area, however we will drive south to the Mexico border (but not cross it with a car), then on to Vancouver, BC. Bring your passport for Canada and your A game! Again, we will not be entering Mexico with cars, but we will enter Canada.

We are also planning the World’s Largest Electric Vehicle Gathering for Sunday morning, August 10, 2014 at our Los Angeles launch site.

If the finances / sponsors work out, we would like to also host rally teams with sponsor supplied car. Those teams would consist of folks from EV manufacturers, EV related industry, and government.
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As always, your input on proposed rule changes for 2014, cool ideas, etc, are appreciated. This event is primarily to bring awareness to the general public about EVs, and we are all ambassadors in that endeavor. If you have contacts in media along our route, that is probably the single biggest help we could receive.

Stages will be:
STAGE I   – August 10, 2014 – 641 miles MINIMUM – Los Angeles, California area start
STAGE II  – August 13, 2014 – 637 miles MINIMUM – San Francisco, California area
STAGE III – August 16, 2014 – 173 miles MINIMUM – Portland, Oregon area
STAGE IV – August 16, 2014 – 140 miles MINIMUM – Seattle, Washington area
Rally End – August 17, 2014 —————————- Vancouver, British Columbia area

Total MINIMUM miles – 1592

There will be three classes this year:

Unlimited Class – all other street legal cars, no restrictions to battery size

Motorcycle Class – all street legal bikes, no restrictions to battery size

100 Mile Class – any street legal car EPA rated below 100 miles with stock battery capacity

There will be two routes; one for Unlimited Class, and the other for Motorcycle and 100 Mile Class.

Tony Williams
Rally Organizer
BC2BC (aught) AllElectricVehicleRally (daught) org
Twitter: @QCpower #BC2BC, Facebook: All Electric Vehicle Rally
1500 Miles from Mexico to Canada
August 10, 2014 until August 17, 2014

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Terry Kershner ready to start BC2BC-2013

 

Race Results

BC2BC-2013 Results:

The BC2BC-2013 All Electric Vehicle Rally began with all vehicles departing from the Canadian border at the Peace Arch State Park, Saturday, June 29, 2013 with 1508 miles driven to Mexico.

Overall Results, Final Tally, BC2BC-2013
July 7, 2013 at 8pm

Rally #—Time points / Card points —Model

1st) Car #43 —– 1 / 1 — Tesla Model S
2nd) Bike#5 —– 3/5 — ZERO motorcycle
3rd) Car #8 —– 4/4 — Tesla Model S
4th) Car #1 —— 7/3 — Toyota Rav4 EV
5th) Car #6 —– 5/7 — Tesla Model S
6th) Car #45 —- 6/6 — Tesla Roadster
7th) Car #4 —– 8/- — Nissan LEAF
8th) Car #3 —– 9/- — Nissan LEAF
9th) Car #2 —– DNF — Mitsubishi iMiev

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Playing Cards
Rally #—– Card Score – Cards

1st) Car #43 – 1 point – Flush, 8 high card
2nd) Car #1 – 3 points – Straight, King high card
3rd) Car #8 – 4 points – Two Pair, 9s and Aces
4th) Car #1 – 5 points – Two Pair, 9s and Kings
5th) Car #45 – 6 points – One Pair, 7s
6th) Car #6 – 7 points – One Pair, 4s
7th) Car #4 – no score
8th) Car #3 – no score
9th) Car #2 – Did Not Finish

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Overall time score

1st) Car #43 – 41+08 = 18+13, 09+15, 5+48, 7+52
2nd) Bike#5 – 54+50 = 27+54, 10+35, 5+21, 11+00estimate
3rd) Car #8 – 57+17 = 25+01, 13+59, 10+40, 7+37
4th) Car #6 – 57+35 = 31+06, 10+25, 8+38, 7+26
5th) Car #45 – 70+52 = 33+34, 14+25, 12+20, 10+33
6th) Car #1 – 74+58 = 29+20, 18+17, 16+23, 10+58
7th) Car #4 – 97+21 = 49+12, 23+20, 24+49, enroute
8th) Car #3 – 103+05 = 28+25, 48+59, 25+41, enroute
9th) Car #2 – Did Not Finish

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Stage 1 results / Blaine to Grants Pass
Rally # – Hours+Min (departure – arrival) model

1) Car #43 – 18+13 (12.09 – 06.22) Model S
2) Car #2 – 20+35 (12.12 – 08.45) iMiev
3) Car #8 – 25+01 (12.27 – 13.28) Model S
4) Bike#5 – 27+54 (12.31 – 16.25) ZERO
5) Car #3 – 28+25 (12.18 – 16.43) LEAF
6) Car #1 – 29+20 (12.34 – 17.54) Rav4 EV
7) Car #6 – 31+06 (12.24 – 19.30) Model S
8) Car #45 – 33+34 (12.21 – 21.55) Roadster
9) Car #4 – 49+12 (12.15 – 13.27+48) LEAF

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Stage 2 results / Grants Pass to Santa Rosa
Rally # – Hours+Min (departure – arrival) model

1) Car #43 – 09+15 (08.45 – 18.19) Model S
2) Car #6 – 10+25 (09.15 – 19.49 ) Model S
3) Bike#5 – 10+35 (09.00 – 19.47 ) ZERO
4) Car #8 – 13+59 (08.55 – 22.54 ) Model S
5) Car #45 – 14+25 (09.20 – 23.45) Roadster
6) Car #1 – 18+17 (09.10 – 03.27) Rav4 EV
7) Car #4 – 23+20 (09.25 – 08.20 +25 min penalty) LEAF
8) Car #3 – 00+00 (09.05 – 11.54+48 ) LEAF
9) Car #2 – DNS/DNF (08.50 -xx.xx) iMiev (Did Not Show/Did Not Finish)

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Stage 3 results / Santa Rosa to San Luis Obispo
Rally # – Hours+Min (departure – arrival) model

1) Bike#5 – 05+21 (09.10 – 17.15) minus (10.16-13.00 free) ZERO
2) Car #43 – 05+48 (09.00 – 17.23) minus (10.25-13.00 free) Model S
3) Car #6 – 08+38 (09.05 – 19.43 ) minus (11.00-13.00 free) Model S
4) Car #8 – 10+40 (09.15 – 20.03) minus (11.08-13.00 free) Model S
5) Car #45 – 12+20 (09.20 – 23.20 ) minus (11.20-13.00 free) Roadster
6) Car #1 – 16+23 (09.25 – 03.38 ) minus (11.10-13.00 free) Rav4 EV
7) Car #4 – 24+49 (09.30 – 11.15 ) minus (12.04-13.00 free) LEAF
8) Car #3 – 25+41 (09.35 – 11.38) minus (12.38-13.00 free) LEAF
9) Car #2 – Did Not Finish

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Stage 4 results / San Luis Obispo to San Yisidro
Rally # – Hours+Min (departure – arrival) model

1) Bike#5 – 11+00 (09.00-20.00estimate) – ZERO
2) Car #43 – 7+52 (08.30-16.22) – Model S
3) Car #6 – 7+26 (08.35-16.01) – Model S
4) Car #8 – 7+37 (08.40- 16.17))- Model S
5) Car #45 – 10+33 (08.45-18.00+78) – Roadster
6) Car #1 – 10+58 (08.50-18.30+78) – Rav4 EV
7) Car #4 –+– (08.55-enroute) – LEAF
8) Car #3 –+– (09.05-enroute) – LEAF
9) Car #2 – Did Not Finish

Lightning Beats The World Best Gas Motorcycles at PPIHC

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Lightning Beats The World Best Gas Motorcycles at PPIHC     
     For the first time at a major motorsports event, an electric motorcycle beats all  of the world fastest gas-powered competitors at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Co. on June 30th . Lightning Motorcycle, the leading pioneer in electric motorcycle , was the fastest of the 82 motorcycle entered  and beat  all  but the 8 fastest cars at PPIHC. Adding to the achievement, the Lightning SuperBike was powered by clean, renewable solar energy. 

Lightning didn’t just win the electric category, they were faster than the closest world-class gas-powered bike by almost 21 seconds. The majority of the electric bike field posted times in the mid-12-minute range.  Lightning Electric Superbike was 2+ minutes faster. Lightning is the leader in high performance electric vehicle development.  Click here to read about “Lightning First”.

 

“The win at Pikes Peak shows that superior, world-class performance can be achieved today with clean technologies.  The Lightning team is gratified to be a leader in the racing world, testing and driving technology for the future. We love the idea of utilizing the racing platform to push the limits of technology while building a foundation for future industries, ” said Richard Hatfield, founder and CEO of Lightning Motorcycle. “ We hope this milestone will encourage our colleagues,  competitors and other companies in the clean tech industry to  develop their products so that consumers will choose them because they are the best in class, and not just because they are green.”

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The Lightning SuperBike, the world’s fastest electric motorcycle, was powered with solar energy  via a SMA inverter and Trina panels which charge the EnerDel battery pack   that provide the vehicle with enough power to win the race.

Click here to read more.

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Washington, British Columbia dignitaries host “Golden Plug” celebration

BLAINE – Nearly 150 years ago, the driving of the ceremonial “Golden Spike” signaled the completion of the first transcontinental railroad across North America. This weekend, electric-vehicle (EV) owners will converge near the USA/Canada border to symbolically connect the charging networks along the West Coast Electric Highway, before unplugging and departing on an unprecedented international adventure.

This Saturday, June 29, the public is invited to attend a “Golden Plug” celebration at the Peace Arch State Park, where a dozen EV drivers will begin the journey from Canada to Mexico powered solely by electricity. Drivers will make the 1,500-mile, nine-day road trip – called the BC2BC (British Columbia to Baja California) – without using a drop of gas.

Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson, Parliamentary Secretary to the British Columbia Premier for Intergovernmental Affairs Norm Letnick and other dignitaries will lead the celebration for the EV rally at 11 a.m. Guests at the event will have opportunities to test-drive EVs and speak with rally drivers before they set out on the trip south.

After the ceremony, the vehicles will make their departures in five-minute intervals. Guests are encouraged to wave flags and cheer for the drivers as they take to the road.

The BC2BC is the brainchild of event organizer Tony Williams who, along with his 10-year-old daughter, completed the same nine-day voyage in an EV in June 2012. That experience led to the newly created BC2BC, an invitational rally which Williams hopes will turn into an annual event.

International Golden Plug ceremony and launch of BC2BC 2013

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29

Where: Peace Arch State Park, Blaine, Wash. (I-5 Exit 276 at USA/Canada border)

Directions: Traveling north Take I-5 north to Exit 276, the last exit before the Canadian border. Take second right at the roundabout on 2nd Street and follow the signs to the park. At the entrance, a parking attendant will direct guests to the event.

Traveling south – Take BC 99 south through the border crossing and follow the signs to the park. At the entrance, a parking attendant will direct guests to the event.

Schedule:

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Public display of electric vehicles; show-and-tell with EV drivers.
11 a.m.: International “Golden Plug” ceremony.
Noon:  Launch of all-electric vehicle rally. Crowds wave flags and cheer EV drivers leaving every five minutes.

California’s North State Joining the Charge!

The Siskiyou County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) is leading a project to coordinate efforts throughout the counties of Siskiyou, Shasta and Tehema in support of the successful introduction of plug-in electric vehicles and the strategic development of charging infrastructure to support PEVs.  This region is preparing for the rollout of PEVs and to be a key participant in the expansion of the West Coast Green Highway.  A Coordinating Council of key stakeholders has been created to oversee the process of development of an infrastructure deployment plan, streamlining of the permitting and installation process for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), efforts to accelerate PEV adoption in vehicle fleets, and development of an education and outreach program to promote PEV adoption throughout the region.

July 2, 2013 SCEDC welcomes drivers in the BC2BC Rally to stop in and say hello on the way through our region. We are eager to gain some insights from EV drivers and to check out the sweet rides. We are excited to welcome EV drivers to our region and to be developing infrastructure to make EV travel easier!

Stops in Siskiyou County:

Siskiyou County Economic Development Council
1512 S. Oregon St.
Yreka, CA 96097

OR

Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce
300 Pine Street
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067

Stop in Shasta County:

Crown Motors Nissan
300 E Cypress Ave
Redding, CA 96002

Media invited to kickoff of international electric-vehicle rally

MEDIA ADVISORY
June 26, 2013

Contacts:

  • Lars Erickson, WSDOT communications director, 360-705-7076 (Olympia)
  • Tonia Buell, WSDOT public-private partnerships, 360-705-7439 (Olympia)

Media invited to kickoff of international electric-vehicle rally

Dignitaries from Washington, British Columbia hold Golden Plug ceremony

 

OLYMPIA – The media is invited to attend a celebration at the Peace Arch State Park near the USA/Canada border, where a dozen electric-vehicle drivers will begin the journey from Canada to Mexico powered solely by electricity. Drivers will make the 1,500-mile, nine-day road trip – called the BC2BC (British Columbia to Baja California) – without using a drop of gas.

Join Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson, Parliamentary Secretary to the British Columbia Premier for Intergovernmental Affairs Norm Letnick and other dignitaries for the “Golden Plug” ceremony, which symbolically connects the electric vehicle fast-charging network along the West Coast Electric Highway.

International Golden Plug ceremony and launch of BC2BC 2013

When:   10 a.m. Saturday, June 29

Where:  Peace Arch State Park, Blaine, WA
(I-5 Exit 276 at USA/Canada border)

Speakers:        

  • Pete Kremen, Whatcom County councilmember
  • Blaine Mayor Harry Robinson
  • Don Hoch, director, Washington State Parks
  • Lynn Peterson, Washington Secretary of Transportation
  • Norm Letnick, Parliamentary Secretary to the British Columbia Premier for Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Tony Williams, BC2BC electric-vehicle rally organizer

Visuals:        

  • Several all-electric vehicles, including the Tesla Model S, Tesla Roadster, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf
  • AAA roadside-assistance truck with electric-vehicle chargers
  • Displays and handouts

Opportunities:  

Reporters may test drive an electric vehicle, go for a short ride with one of the rally participants and interview EV drivers.

Directions:

Take I-5 north to Exit 276, the last exit before the Canadian border. Take second right at the roundabout on 2nd Street and follow the signs to the park. At the entrance, a parking attendant will direct you to the event.

Schedule:

  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Public display of electric vehicles; show-and-tell with EV drivers.
  • 11 a.m.: International Golden Plug ceremony.
  • 12 p.m.: Launch of all-electric vehicle rally. Crowds wave flags and cheer EV drivers leaving every five minutes.

For more information on this event visit: www.allelectricvehiclerally.org

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Tesla Promises To Rapidly Expand Charging Stations

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DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. promises to boost the number of fast-charging stations in the U.S. and Canada to make cross-country travel by electric car possible in the next year.

The company said Thursday that by the end of next month, it will triple the number of charging stations it runs from the current eight, and the number will go to around 100 in the coming year, putting stations within reach of almost the entire populations of both countries.

The pace of construction is about twice as fast as the company had previously announced.

The expanded “supercharger” network will allow owners of Tesla’s $70,000 Model S sedans to travel from Los Angeles to New York, probably by the coming winter, as well as make other long-distance trips. The Model S can travel about 200 miles, or for about three hours, when fully charged. With the network, it can be recharged to 50 percent of its battery capacity in 20 to 30 minutes, allowing drivers to make quick stops before driving on.

The supercharging stations are about 10 times as faster than most public charging stations, Tesla said on its website.

Currently Tesla has eight supercharger stations in California and on the East Coast. It has plans to add four stations in California this summer. Stations also will be added during the summer so drivers can go from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Seattle and Portland; and from Austin, Texas, to Dallas. They also will come on-line quickly in Illinois and Colorado.

In addition, the company intends to add four stations this summer in the densely populated Eastern Seaboard, where it currently has two.

Elon Musk, who leads the company, said Thursday that the stations will always be free for owners of the large-battery version of the Model S. Owners of the brand’s smaller-battery version will have to pay for the option of using the stations.

Musk said most of Tesla’s customers don’t know about the supercharger stations, and they won’t have much of an impact on the company’s current sales rate of around 20,000 per year. But they are necessary to appeal to a wider group of more mainstream customers who want to travel between states.

“They want to know that they have that ability to do so, and on a moment’s notice, to go wherever they want,” Musk said. “I think it’s really important for accessing a broader audience.”

Tesla said by fall, it should have charging stations in most metro areas, with coast-to-coast travel available during the winter along Interstate 80. By 2014, the company expects to have charging stations within reach of 80 percent of people in the U.S. and Canada, and 98 percent by 2015, it said in the statement.

Tesla said new technology is being tested now that will allow its cars to be fully recharged in about 20 minutes. The technology will be available at stations this summer, the company said.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.