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Re: Planning for EV Rally, BC 2 BC June 2013 !!!!

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:54 pm
by derkraut
Forgive the dumb question here; what would be the purpose of this rally? what is the goal? Looks like some major expense/time to prove what? :?

Re: Planning for EV Rally, BC 2 BC June 2013 !!!!

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:34 pm
by LEAFer
TonyWilliams wrote:
LEAFer wrote:Just my 2c: The 6/29 sounds good ... with INDEPENDENCE DAY so close ... the rally can celebrate 7/4 !
All the campgrounds are full, and I might need a few of them !!!! At least their electrical power. You've inspired me to go straight down the 5 all the way !!!! It will cut off many hundreds of miles from the 2012 run.
Ooops ... ya! the campgrounds ... but if you borrow the Roadster-to-14/50 adapter ... hmmm ... how many of those would we need ??? :shock:

Keep in mind Nissan Dealers (more along 99) will work too.

( Glad to "inspire" :P )

Re: Planning for EV Rally, BC 2 BC June 2013 !!!!

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:12 pm
by TonyWilliams
derkraut wrote:Forgive the dumb question here; what would be the purpose of this rally? what is the goal? Looks like some major expense/time to prove what? :?
Goal? Have fun, bring awareness to EVs, and have fun.

Re: Planning for EV Rally, BC 2 BC June 2013 !!!!

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:48 pm
by HairyCairy
derkraut wrote:Forgive the dumb question here; what would be the purpose of this rally? what is the goal? Looks like some major expense/time to prove what? :?
I always believe that there is no dumb question.
What is the purpose of any rally? There are many different rally's. There are rally's For RV's, Motorcycle's, sports cars, antique cars. Rally's are some times hidden under different names like TDIfest 2013.
For me it's about getting together with a group of people who share the same interest's. How many people besides Tony, can say they have traveled the west coast in an EV. It could be almost like a yearly pilgrimage, bringing awareness to EV's. Taking that daily commuter you love so much and saying let's take a road trip. After all we are American's and do love our road trips.
Sometimes it not about proving anything, it's just about camaraderie.
On a side note, those TDI rally's are crazy, Not sure what they are trying to prove. I had to stop going because I was addicted to Transesterification.

Re: Planning for EV Rally, BC 2 BC June 2013 !!!!

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:22 am
by saywatt
Why so longitudinal, how about Madawaska, ME to San Ysidro, CA? :D
TonyWilliams wrote:
NYLEAF wrote:
toasty wrote:anyone want to make a east cost version? :)
Sure! Montreal to Miami?
Key West, at the marker.

Re: Planning for EV Rally, BC 2 BC June 2013 !!!!

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:27 am
by TonyWilliams
Southern California is in great shape for this event. There is now a DC charger in south Orange County:

The 25kW Fuji is working now, located on the west wall of the Residence Inn.

Residence Inn
33711 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
1-949-443-3600

Plus, Mitsubishi in Cypress, and Blink in downtown LA. We need one at Grapevine.

Re: Planning for EV Rally, BC 2 BC June 2013 !!!!

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:18 pm
by BIGneutrino
LEAFer wrote:Just my 2c: The 6/29 sounds good ... with INDEPENDENCE DAY so close ... the rally can celebrate 7/4 !
This sounds like a blast. I started my web browsing tonight looking for SCCA road rallies suitable for our LEAF, and found this thread. If the rally starts 6/29, I am in.

Re: Planning for EV Rally, BC 2 BC June 2013 !!!!

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:43 pm
by TonyWilliams
BIGneutrino wrote:
LEAFer wrote:Just my 2c: The 6/29 sounds good ... with INDEPENDENCE DAY so close ... the rally can celebrate 7/4 !
This sounds like a blast. I started my web browsing tonight looking for SCCA road rallies suitable for our LEAF, and found this thread. If the rally starts 6/29, I am in.
Where do you live? I'm curious if we get more folks hauling cars in at the beginning, or the end of the event!

For me, I can drive home afterward without even a recharge.

Did you find the thread on the all-EV "ReFuel" Event at Laguna Seca on July 1, 2012? With any luck, we'll be able to work that in, too.

Re: Planning for EV Rally, BC 2 BC June 2013 !!!!

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:40 am
by Levenkay
HairyCairy wrote:
derkraut wrote:Forgive the dumb question here; what would be the purpose of this rally? what is the goal? Looks like some major expense/time to prove what? :?
I always believe that there is no dumb question.
What is the purpose of any rally? There are many different rally's. There are rally's For RV's, Motorcycle's, sports cars, antique cars. Rally's are some times hidden under different names like TDIfest 2013.
For me it's about getting together with a group of people who share the same interest's. How many people besides Tony, can say they have traveled the west coast in an EV. It could be almost like a yearly pilgrimage, bringing awareness to EV's. Taking that daily commuter you love so much and saying let's take a road trip. After all we are American's and do love our road trips.
Sometimes it not about proving anything, it's just about camaraderie.
On a side note, those TDI rally's are crazy, Not sure what they are trying to prove. I had to stop going because I was addicted to Transesterification.
You left out the apostrophe's in "car's", "name's", "time's", and "trip's".

So as to lessen the chance's of presenting a spectacle of string's of LEAF car's smoking or on fire, though, wouldn't it be better to plan any such rally for a cooler time of year? Even at near-freezing ambients, a LEAF battery pack will get awfully toasty by the fifth or sixth QC.

Re: Planning for EV Rally, BC 2 BC June 2013 !!!!

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:02 am
by TonyWilliams
Levenkay wrote:So as to lessen the chance's of presenting a spectacle of string's of LEAF car's smoking or on fire, though, wouldn't it be better to plan any such rally for a cooler time of year? Even at near-freezing ambients, a LEAF battery pack will get awfully toasty by the fifth or sixth QC.
EVs don't handle cold well (diminished capacity and huge increase in power consumption).
The LEAF handles it worse than virtually every other EV out there, since they have TMS.
Don't like snow, cold, fog, overcast and rain.
Cooler temps don't aren't nirvana for quick charging (it's actually slower)
I used 10 quick chargers in June 2012 without incident (yes, the battery got hot)
Nobody expects fires on DC chargers... But maybe on Blinks with 6.6kW LEAFs.