A few comments about our meetup with the RTFT group in Laguna Hills and Newport Beach last Friday night.
The RTFT was the brain child of Susan Arciero of Xenon Motors, which markets electric scooters. She dreamed up a cross country tour from Charleston SC to Google in Mountain View. Nissan was the only EV maker who wanted to participate and they provided a 2013 LEAF SL and a driver, Duane, who retired from Nissan's Infiniti division recently. In addition to Susan and her daughter with two of the Xenon scooters, they have two riders on A2B electric bicycles, with support from an A2B company staffer, and Ben, who is riding a Zero electric motorcycle. Just recently, Terry, who placed 2nd on his heavily modified Zero motorcycle in Tony Williams' recent BC to BC Rally, has joined the Tour group for the rest of the way to Mountain View. A three-man film crew headed by Jonathan Becker is making a documentary about the Tour, called "We're Getting There".
On Friday, Forum members Garygid, LeafyD, JeremyW and I met with the group at their hotel in Laguna Hills for a lively talk about the electric transportation and the progress and challenges we've seen. We had a free wheeling discussion, some of which was filmed by Jonathan and the crew. Later on, Jeremy and I met the group at Balboa Pier, where they got to dip their feet in the Pacific for the first time since leaving the east coast.
We were very interested in the methods that the group used to charge in their cross-country adventure. Duean, the LEAF driver mostly charged at campsites using the 50 Amp RV connections that are so familiar to long distance EV drivers. He also was able to use the receptacles for the wall AC units in motel rooms. He is carrying three EVSEs, including a standard portable AV unit, as well as what appeared to be a small prototype AV unit and a standard Nissan Level 1 unit. He said that the only DC QC that he had used was at Nissan HQ in Nashville although he was thinking of getting a quick charge on Saturday at either Tustin Nissan or Connell in Costa Mesa before heading for LA.
The Zero motorcycles can use L2 J1772 connectors, and I know that Terry's modified Zero cycle can use multiple J1772 connectors to charge at something like 12 kW.
The Xenon scooters and the A2B bicycles are using 110 V household current wherever they find it, and they use extensive battery swapping. The scooters have a range of about 120 miles, and the bicycles can go about 25 miles on a charge.
Here are a few pictures:
The 2013 LEAF SL piloted by Duane, with Susan's Xenon electric scooter.
JeremyW, Garygid, LeafyD and Terry with Terry's awesome modified Zero bike
Ben tries out my Stromer electric bike.
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