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TdS Report #9: Tour de Sol Categories: Battery Electric Vehicles


After the early years of only solar-powered vehicles, the Tour de Sol added the
Battery Electric Vehicles. These are vehicles that plug-in to recharge their
batteries. (A solar panel up to 100 Watts is permitted. A bigger solar panel
puts you into the Solar Vehicle category.)


(Your Humble Reporter drives a battery electric Solectria "Force" as his every
day car, so any hint of bias towards this category in these reports just might
be real. In fact, I attended several Tours while figuring out which type of
electric vehicle is wanted. You might want to do the same.)



Vehicle Name Clean Wheels
Vehicle Number 19
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category Advanced battery
Team Name Electrovaya Challenge
Organization Electrovaya
City Mississauga
State Ont
COUNTRY Canada
Program blurb The Electrovaya Suzuki Samurai tests the viability
of using Electrovaya's Lithium Ion SuperPolymerTM
cells as a traction battery for an electric
vehicle. The cells, which have an energy density
of over 200Wh/kg, are similar to the cells used in
our PowerPads, which are designed to run laptop
computers up to 16 hours. We are excited about its
potential to power ZEVs.


Vehicle Name DC Cruiser
Vehicle Number 6
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name Maine Street Mainiacs
Organization Seth Murray
City Brunswick
State ME
COUNTRY USA
www http://www.geocities.com/electricboy01
Program blurb This conversion was built over the last year by
high school senior Seth Murray and his father,
Mark. The project was undertaken mostly for fun,
but also to demonstrate that anyone can easily
build a simple and practical EV.


Vehicle Name E-STREAM
Vehicle Number 15
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name Team EV
City Princeton Jct.
State NJ
COUNTRY USA
www http://TEAMEV2001.com
Program blurb Team EV is a private team from New Jersey composed
of four high school seniors and a college junior
with a large interest in engineering and the
environment. This is Team EV's second year as a
Tour de Sol entrant.


Vehicle Name Electric Hog
Vehicle Number 12
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name Vogelbilt
Organization Vogelbilt Corp.
City New York
State NY
COUNTRY US
www http://www.vogelbilt.com
Program blurb We designed the Electric Hog because we believed
that a full size motorcycle could be made all
electric. What we created is a prototype vehicle
that has the feel, look and ride of a full-sized
motorcycle. The project was very challenging, a
lot of fun and a lot of hard work. We are proud
to be part of the Tour de Sol.


Vehicle Name Electric Panther
Vehicle Number 28
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name Panther Electric Vehicle
Organization Panther Electric Vehicle Association
City Pittsburgh
State PA
COUNTRY USA
www http://www.pitt.edu/~elv/index.html
Program blurb The Panther Electric Vehicle Club has been
building EVs since 1998, but we are first-time
entrants to the Tour De Sol. Students at the U.
of Pittsburgh receive credit for their work. This
year we converted a GMC Sierra to electric power.
We hope to demonstrate that electric conversion
can be performed effectively on a heavy-duty
vehicle.


Vehicle Name Phantom Sol
Vehicle Number 66
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name UMaine Solar Vehicle Team
City Orono
State ME
COUNTRY USA
www http://www.ume.maine.edu/solar
Program blurb Originally a GMC-S15 pickup, the Phantom Sol
dispels the stereotype that EVs are impractical,
weak and expensive. In its appearance this year,
the Phantom will sport a new interior and a new
frame design, both allowing for greater
performance and reliability. Finishing touches
have been added to the body as well.


Vehicle Name SUNDOG
Vehicle Number 85
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name Sol Sarum Race Team
Organization Salisbury School
City Salisbury
State CT
COUNTRY USA
www http://www.salisburyschool.org
Program blurb NH--The Cinnaminson High School Electric Vehicle
Tour de Sol team has competed in 4 consecutive
Tour de Sol events, placing 2nd, 4th, 4th, and 3rd
place in the battery car division. Our converted
Ford Escort is one of the most reliable, all
around, great performers in the Tour. The car is
dependable, comfortable, and easy to drive at any
speed. It will travel 50 miles under any
condition, and 100 miles if you really conserve
energy.


Vehicle Name Solectria Super Force
Vehicle Number 11
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name Team New England
City Chelsea
State MA
COUNTRY USA
Program blurb This vehicle demonstrates the versatility of a
pure EV, with detachable trailer filled with
batteries for long-distance travel. This vehicle
took first place in its category in the 2001 Tour.
Team New England is a group of experienced EV
enthusiasts from around the country who seek to
enter cutting-edge unique and competitive vehicle
designs in EV competitions.


Vehicle Name Soljourner 1
Vehicle Number 21
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name W. Phila. H.S. EV Team
Organization West Philadelphia High School
City Philadelphia
State PA
COUNTRY Philadelphia
www http://www.upenn.edu/ccp/access science/soljourner
Program blurb The West Philly Electric Vehicle Team is back for
its third year. The students have made a number
of improvement to the electric Saturn and are
looking forward to a successful run. The
Soljouner2 is equipped with a 36HP MTS brushless
DC motor, Deka batteries, and Michelin low rolling
resistant tires. Boeing tested the improved
aerodynamics in their full size wind tunnel.


Vehicle Name Sungo
Vehicle Number 72
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category Advanced battery
Team Name NHTI SEV Club
Organization New Hampshire Technical Institute SEV Club
City Concord
State NH
COUNTRY USA
Program blurb NH-Sungo was built and has been continuously
imporved by the New Hampshire Technical Institut's
Sustainabel Energy Ventures Club. The two-seat,
purpose-built electric vehicle can rech 90 mph,
and has placed first an the Tour several times.
This year additional space has been created for
its Ovonic nickel metal hydride batterhies, to
gain added driving range.


Vehicle Name The Olympian
Vehicle Number 16
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name Pirates
Organization Cinnaminson High School
City Cinnaminson
State NJ
COUNTRY US
Program blurb NH--A 1987 Ford Escort was converted in 1996 to a
clutchless electric vehicle under Robert Deats'
supervision. Oliver Perry and his studnets
provided par6s and technical support. Our largest
sponsor has been Eugene Lemieux of Valley Forge's
Eastern Electric Vehicle Club. The car is a strong
performer with a second, third, and two fourth
place finishes in four years.


Vehicle Name Tiger FieroVolt
Vehicle Number 25
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name UEHS FieroVolt Tigers
Organization Union-Endicott High School
City Endicott
State NY
COUNTRY USA
www http://www.uetigertech.com
Program blurb Over the past two years the Union-Endicott High
School Technology Club has been converting a 1984
Pontiac Fiero to an electric with a 4' x 4' traler
that carries additional batteries. Over 30 club
members meet after school to problem solve,
develop CAD drawings, make vehicle modifications,
fundraise, and test the car.


Vehicle Name Woodstock
Vehicle Number 56
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name St. Mark's EV Club
Organization St. Mark's School Electric Vehicle Club
City Southborough
State MA
www http://www.stmarksschool.org
Program blurb The St. Markers who helped build our EV in their
free time are a coed group pf physics students,
alums and friends, drawn together by interest in
our environmental future, the application of
appropriate technology and enthusiam for project-
based education. "Woodstock" is a bright yellow,
recycled 1994 Ford Ranger pickup truck. Special
features include an extensively modified 4X2
drivetrain, recharging from any 120 V outlet, high
ground clearance, a limited slip axle and
elecronic anti-lock brakes.


Vehicle Name rEVolutionaryride.com
Vehicle Number 53
Category BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
vehicle type category PbA
Team Name North Haven Community School
City North Haven
State ME
COUNTRY USA
www http://www'midcoast.com
Program blurb A spunky group of junior and senior physics
students from the smallest public high school in
Maine (on an island, no less) have spent the last
18 months making a perfect island car- an electric
4wd Volkswagen Syncro 7 passenger van. This entry
has been an all-island effort, joining students, a
boat electrician, the town's welder, and island
artists.



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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 ...
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