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TdS Report #8: Tour de Sol Categories: Demonstration Vehicles


One of the exciting things about visiting the Tour de Sol year after year
is seeing the technologies move from experimental use to practical use to
commercial use. The Demonstration Vehicles are either currently for sale
or pre-production prototypes of things to come.



Vehicle Name Dodge RAM HEV
Vehicle Number demo
Category DEMONSTRATION VEHICLES (non-competative)
Team Name DaimlerChrysler
City Auburn Hills
State MI
www http://www.daimlerchrysler.com
Program blurb The Tour de Sol offers an early prieview of the
Dodge Ram HEV, a hybrid version of the popular
Ram pickup, for sale in 2004. This truck was
designed with the contractor in mind. It is 20
percent more fuel efficiency, and it can be used
as a clean electric generator when parked to
provide power for the job site.


Vehicle Name GEM
Vehicle Number demo
Category DEMONSTRATION VEHICLES (non-competative)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name DaimlerChrysler
City Auburn Hills
State MI
www http://www.daimlerchrysler.com
Program blurb DaimlerChrysler is bringing the GEM back to the
Tour de Sol for the third time. The GEM is the
leading neighborhood electric vehicle in the
nation, and a great crowd pleaser. It is designed
to meet the needs of people on college campuses,
corporate parks, and communities around the world.


Vehicle Name Honda Civic hybrid
Vehicle Number Pace
Category DEMONSTRATION VEHICLES (non-competative)
vehicle type category demonstration/exhibit only
Team Name American Honda Motor Company
Organization Honda
City Washington
State DC
www http://www.hondacorporate.com
Program blurb American Honda Motor Company's third consecutive
year as lead corporate sponsor of the Tour de Sol
demonstrates the company's commitment to
developing real-world, market-ready vehicles that
continue to reduce the impact of automobiles on
the environment. The Honda Civic Hybrid is
making its U.S. on-road debut as the pace car for
the 2002 Tour de Sol. On sale nationwide in May
2002, the Civic Hybrid, a five-passenger sedan, is
expected to achieve about 50 miles per gallon for
both city and highway driving - a 30 percent
improvement in fuel economy compared to other
Civic sedan models. The Civic Hybrid is also the
first hybrid to share the same body style and
platform as other mass produced models. The Civic
Hybrid will come off the same assembly line as
other conventional Civic models. Two years ago
at the Tour de Sol, Honda introduced the Insight,
the first mass-produced, gasoline-electric hybrid
on sale in the U.S. market. This year, several
Insight owners will also compete in the Tour de
Sol road-rally.


Vehicle Name Natrium
Vehicle Number demo
Category DEMONSTRATION VEHICLES (non-competative)
vehicle type category hydrogen
Team Name DaimlerChrysler
City Auburn Hills,
State MI
www http://www.daimlerchrysler.com
Program blurb The Chrysler Town & Country Natrium prototype fuel
cell vehicle uses New Jersey-based Millennium
Cell hydrogen storage technology---sodium boro-
hydride, which is made from borax, a common
component of laundry soap. The fuel is non-toxic,
nonflammable and can be recycled. Interior space
is not compromised.


Vehicle Name Th!nk city
Vehicle Number demo
Category DEMONSTRATION VEHICLES (non-competative)
Team Name Ford Th!nk Mobility
State CA


Vehicle Name Th!nk neighbor
Vehicle Number demo
Category DEMONSTRATION VEHICLES (non-competative)
Team Name Ford Th!nk Mobility
State CA


Vehicle Name Twike
Vehicle Number demo
Category DEMONSTRATION VEHICLES (non-competative)
vehicle type category demonstration/exhibit only
Team Name Twike Pioneers
Organization TWIKE Club of America
City S. Burlington
State VT
COUNTRY USA
www http://www.twike.org
Program blurb The Twike (Twin Bike) is a unique 3 wheeled, 2
passenger, Swiss-made human/electric powered
ultralight vehicle. The optional pedaling provides
excellent exercise while extending the Twike's
range. The Twike Pioneer team includes the
Vermont owners of Twike #507 and two Twike
enthusiasts from Germany.



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The complete set of Tour de Sol Reports for 2002 can be found at:
http://www.AutoAuditorium.com/TdS_Reports_2002
The complete set of past Tour de Sol Reports can be found at:
http://www.FovealSystems.com/Tour_de_Sol_Reports.html
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The above is Copyright 2002 by Michael H. Bianchi.
Permission to copy is granted provided the entire article is presented
without modification and this notice remains attached.
For other arrangements, contact me at +1-973-822-2024 .
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For more on the NESEA Tour de Sol, see the web page at
http://www.nesea.org
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Official NESEA Tour de Sol information is available from the sponsor,
the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) at
413 774-6051 , and 50 Miles Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 , and
[email protected] . All media enquiries should be addressed to ...
Jack Groh
Groh Associates
[email protected] email
401 732-1551 telephone
401 732-0547 fax
401 952-0886 cell/pager
 
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