A few electric vehicle enthusiasts are planning a rally from British Colombia to Baja California by electric vehicle. We're planning to depart from the Peace Arch Park on the Canadian border and travel to San Ysidro, California on the border of Mexico. The reverse of this trip was completed last year by Tony Williams in a Nissan LEAF and the idea is to have a rally every year to highlight the state of electric vehicle infrastructure until it becomes highly reliable and interest peters out, I suppose.
This would be an easy route for Tesla Model S drivers with it's SuperCharger stations, but without those yet in place along the entire route this becomes a bit more interesting. Vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF and even the Mitsubishi i-MiEV will have an advantage while travelling on I-5 in Washington and Oregon.
Although there's clearly a competitive aspect to an event such as this, it's not intended to be a race and any vehicle which exceeds the rally speed limit between checkpoints will be disqualified.
This event is still in the planning phases and I look forward to feedback on the proposal.
To quote Tony's proposed rules:
- Rally will start at Blaine, Washinton and end in San Ysidro, California in odd numbered years, and reverse in even numbered years.
- Cars would be release in 15 minute to 1 hour intervals (depending on how many registrations)
- Any electric powered vehicle of any type is permitted; those that use any fossil fuel augmentation would need those energy sources sealed from use during the event.
- There will be a series of marshalls and check points enroute.
- Participants are prohibited from prepositioned charging stations / battery swapping stations, however event organizers may choose to do so for the event. Any event prepositioned charging power source or charging station must be available to all participants.
- Teams may be two registered driver / navigators per vehicle. No further augmentation or replacements allowed. Should a single driver become incapable of completing the course, then a previously named alternate may substitute the remainder of the course. Vehicles registered with two drivers may operate with one driver, however that one driver must do so for the remainder of the course.
- This is not a race !!!!! While bragging rights are always important, operating within the confines of the rules of public highways is moreso. Any car whose average speed exceeds the posted "course peak speed limit" is automatically disqualified.
- Vehicles must be legal to operate in the USA states of Washington, Oregon and California. Passing a event technical inspection does not mean the vehicle is legal on public highways. Only the operators can determine that.
- Proof of insurance is required for registration.
- No "Pre-Runner" or "Chase Trucks" allowed.
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