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Record Setting Electric Vehicle Event Set to Launch from Toronto’s Busiest Corner

September 24, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV enthusiast, EV News

On Tuesday September 30th, Toronto’s Younge & Dundas Square will be taken over by Electric Vehicles (EVs) to mark an official Start of the E-mazing Race.

Featuring Sun Country Highway’s fleet (Tesla Roadster, Tesla Model S, VTRUX and Volt); the start will gather proud EV owners together with the public to share a passion for EV’s and celebrate the start of some e-mazing journeys from downtown Toronto. The launch will showcase advancements in sustainable transportation, as well as help raise electric vehicle awareness in a fun and interactive environment.

“The E-mazing Race has a positive message, showing how we can make sustainable choices and encourage people to join the EV movement, explore the beauty of our great nation and experience the longest, most comprehensive EV charging network first hand – driving eco-tourism locally and nationwide.” – Sun Country Highway Vice President Christopher Misch.

“The E-mazing Race aligns nicely with Green P’s commitment to support our communities and customers through eco-conscious and community-minded partnerships and initiatives. We’re a world leader in parking technology services – supporting and encouraging electric vehicle adoption is yet another way the Toronto Parking Authority supports business growth and vibrant neighbourhoods.” – Lorne Persiko, President, Toronto Parking Authority.

A special thanks to Toronto Parking Authority and Precise Park Link for making this event possible.

This is an all-ages event, open to the public, EV advocates and media. Join the movement!

About the E-mazing Race

Sun Country Highway’s E-mazing Race 2014 is a month long event running September 29 to November 1, 2014. Not a race to the finish; but an epic EV challenge to visit the most Sun Country Highway charging stations and collect the most points. Racers will travel on their own low emission race adventures, or take on the entire cross continent tour using the extensive, convenient, and totally free Sun Country Highway network of chargers.

“The E-mazing race was an awesome way to travel Canada’s electrified highways reaching from coast to coast. It was a great opportunity to experience a stunningly fast electric super car, and to promote the greening of Canada’s highways.” – Bonnie Bieber

“Touring the Sun Country Highway Charging Network, the E-Mazing Race will bring unprecedented attention to the advances made in the electric vehicle movement as well as raise funds for further EV infrastructure development.” – SCH President and Founder Kent Rathwell

Event Schedule

Vehicle Arrival

Opening Remarks
Christopher Misch
Vice President, Sun Country Highway

Sponsorship Messages
Darius Mosun
Director, Toronto Parking Authority

Race Introduction & Kick-off
Christopher Misch
Vice President, Sun Country Highway

Official Start

Media and Celebration
12:30pm to 1:30pm  

Vehicles Depart

Sun Country Highway Ltd. is a private Canadian owned company with the mission to create a global infrastructure for the electric vehicle industry – providing the most powerful electric vehicle charging technology in the market today. The company offers a comprehensive solution of charging infrastructure, technology, full sized electric vehicles, and a business model that empowers change for a greener future.

This article is a repost, credit: Sun Country Highway.

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Shenzhen Wins the C40 and Siemens City Climate Leadership Award

September 23, 2014 in BYD, Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, EV Campaigns, EV enthusiast, EV News

New York, NY – Kicking off UN Climate Week 2014, the city of Shenzhen, China, has been honored with the C40 and Siemens City Climate Leadership Award. Victorious largely due to the city’s world leading efforts to electrify their public transportation fleets, Shenzhen has beat out other finalists Milan and Johannesburg. The city has been resourceful in working with local green-tech giant, BYD Company Ltd. to design, build and implement electric taxis and electric transit buses that now offers Shenzhen the bragging rights of the largest pure-electric vehicle fleet in the world. The award was presented at the C40 Leadership Awards Ceremony in Manhattan just one day before Shenzhen Vice-Mayor Tang Jie and BYD Company Ltd. Chairman Wang Chuanfu address the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit.

“It’s the first step for Shenzhen to become a green city. We welcome all of you to come ride the green bus”, said Tang Jie, vice mayor of Shenzhen. “On behalf of C40, I want to congratulate Shenzhen for its leadership in climate action,” said C40 Chair, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes. “Though Shenzhen is one of the newest C40 cities, it has already taken aggressive measures and shown results in reducing its carbon emissions.”

Shenzhen’s project will be displayed in the world’s largest sustainable cities exhibition at the Crystal in London, where more than 100,000 annual visitors will learn about their green city solution. More than 25 cities including Los Angeles, New York, London, Amsterdam, and Barcelona compete for the C40’s Climate Leadership Awards.

“Though Shenzhen is undoubtedly our New Energy Vehicle leader, BYD is currently working with more than 100 global cities to implement zero emissions transit vehicles. We are excited to help Shenzhen continue growing their pure-electric fleets, and local economy.” said BYD Chairman, Wang Chuanfu.

C40 hopes other cities can be inspired by Shenzhen’s experience. “Low carbon mobility is the backbone of a sustainable city,” said C40 Executive Director Mark Watts. “Shenzhen’s New Energy Vehicle Promotion project has enabled the city to realise major emissions reductions through transportation solutions.” Both Vice Mayor Tang and Mr. Wang will attend and speak at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit which beginning on September 23. They will share more about how the city of Shenzhen has addressed climate change and how to promote new energy vehicles.

About C40

C40 is a network of the world’s megacities taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With a unique set of assets, the C40 works with participating cities to address climate risks and impacts locally and globally. C40 cities represent more than 500 million people around the world, accounting around 20% of GDP globally. C40 was created in 2005 by former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, and forged a partnership in 2006 with the Cities Program of President Clinton’s Climate Initiative (CCI) to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. Mayor Bloomberg currently serves as President of the C40 Board of Directors. For more information, please visit

About BYD

BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest companies and has successfully expanded globally. Specializing in battery technologies, their green mission to “solve the whole problem” has made them industry pioneers and leaders in several High-tech sectors including High-efficiency Automobiles, Electrified Public Transportation, Environmentally-Friendly Energy Storage, Affordable Solar Power and Information Technology and Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) services.

As the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, their mission to create safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies has led to the development of the BYD Iron Phosphate (or “Fe”) Battery. This fire-safe, completely recyclable and incredibly long-cycle technology has become the core of their clean energy platform that has expanded into automobiles, buses, trucks, utility vehicles and energy storage facilities. BYD and all of their shareholders, including the great American Investor Warren Buffett, see these environmentally and economically forward products as the way of the future.

BYD has made a strong entrance to the North, Central and South American markets with their battery electric buses, and lineup of automobiles. Their mission lies not just in sales growth, but also in sociological integration and local job creation as they have poured incredible investments into developing offices, dealerships and manufacturing facilities in the local communities they now call home, truly a first for Chinese companies. For more information, please visit

This article is a repost, credit: BYD.

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New world record set with the Nissan LEAF in the lead

September 22, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV enthusiast, EV News, LEAF, Nissan

CUPERTINO, Calif. – California has witnessed the world’s largest ever parade of electric vehicles (EVs), 507 cars in one place … and most were Nissan LEAFs. This new record was set during Plug-in America’s National Drive Electric Week, at a time when EV sales continue to climb for Nissan.

“We are currently at around 61,000 sales in the United States since the launch of LEAF four years ago. It is number one in the market (and) number one in the world. It is a natural fit for an opportunity like this to come out and be at this event and set a Guinness World Record on largest number of electric vehicles in a parade at any given time,” said Toby Perry, director, Nissan EV marketing.

As the exclusive automotive sponsor for National Drive Electric Week this September, Nissan had a message to share: EV sales are rising – and the trend is going to continue.

“The fact that there are more manufacturers coming in now proves that it is a viable alternative out there and that we are doing the right thing. To see Kia coming into the market – now Volkswagen in a couple of months – they will be very mainstream vehicles, and it makes us look even stronger as the leader,” said Perry.

National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide grassroots celebration of electric vehicle technology. The annual event shows the fun, convenience, clean-air benefits and cost-savings of electric vehicles through activities taking place from Hawaii to Vermont.

“So many cities came to us and said ‘we can’t do it on a Saturday or a Sunday,’ and so we made this an entire week for greater flexibility,” said Zan Dubin Scott, communications director, Plug In America.

“I love it. I save so much time and money on not having to go and fill up with gas. And I just charge at Google, where I work, so it is awesome,” said Christiana Bush, EV parade participant, Nissan LEAF owner, on the benefits of driving an electric vehicle.

Plug In America reported that plug-in vehicle sales hit the first quarter-million mark in the U.S. on Sept. 10, as a record number of cities were preparing to celebrate this week’s events.

“We want to get people to drive electric, to try it out and get the electric smile – to see how awesome it is and leave gas behind. Join the future man,” said Nicholas Littlejohn, EV parade participant.

This article is a repost, credit: Nissan.

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BYU electric car breaks 200 mph barrier to set new land speed record

September 22, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV enthusiast, EV News

‘Electric Blue’ now retiring with mark that could stand for long time

An electric car built by BYU engineering students has once again set a world land speed record, this time besting the previous mark by nearly 50 mph.

Electric Blue, an E1 streamliner designed and modified by more than 130 BYU students over the past 10 years, averaged 204.9 mph on two qualifying runs this month. The new mark obliterates the previous record, 155.8 mph, which coincidentally was set by the same BYU car in 2011.

“When we set the record three years ago we felt like we left a lot on the table,” said BYU student and team captain, Kelly Hales. “On paper we thought we could get 200 mph but we never had the conditions just right—until now.”

The car notched the record this month in front of approximately 180 teams and their cars at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Jim Burkdoll, president of the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association, drove the car to set the record, which was certified by the Southern California Timing Association.

Electric Blue is called a streamliner because it has a long, slender shape and enclosed wheels that reduce air resistance. BYU’s car is in the E1 category, which means it is electric and weighs less than 1,100 pounds. Other streamliners, notably one built by Ohio State University students, have achieved higher speeds but in much heavier vehicles requiring different weight classes.

BYU students custom-built the lightweight carbon fiber body of Electric Blue over a six-year period, with the help of computer programs that model wind tunnels. Aerodynamic performance and lithium iron phosphate batteries helped the car reach its high speeds over the last four years of runs.

“We were going to retire the car last year when head faculty advisor, Perry Carter, left for an LDS mission, but we petitioned for one more year,” Hales said. “Now the car will officially retire with a record we think will be unbeatable for a while.

About half the students who have worked on the streamliner program over the years have been manufacturing engineering technology majors, about 40 percent mechanical engineering majors, and the rest from various other disciplines, including electrical engineering. Many worked on the car as part of an annual capstone course, but most were unpaid volunteers.

Manufacturing professor Mike Miles, who stepped in for Dr. Carter as faculty adviser last year, said the generous support of Ira Fulton made all the difference in providing students with an incredible experience.

“This was kind of the last hurrah; we wanted to give them one final shot,” Miles said. “Ira Fulton kept chipping in financial support and we’re so grateful he did because the results were fantastic. I congratulate Perry Carter, Kelly Hales, and all of the students who worked on this project, for an amazing achievement.”

As for its final resting place of Electric Blue, that remains undecided. It could end up in a racing museum or on display in BYU’s engineering building—but it certainly won’t be dismantled.

This article is a repost (9-18-14), credit: BYU.

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42nd Annual Silicon Valley EV Rally & National Drive Electric Week

September 19, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV Campaigns, EV enthusiast, EV News

Held at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA (10 am to 4 pm)

Infographic courtesy of Electric Auto Association of Silicon Valley

Infographic courtesy of Electric Auto Association of Silicon Valley

Features Include

The GUINNESS WORLD RECORD attempt (7 am) at the Largest Number of Electric Vehicles In a Parade:
  1. Presented by SAP
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Experience Electric Ride & Drive #TheBetterRide, Presented by the Center for Sustainable Energy

Vehicles available for Test drives:
  1. Cadillac ELR
  2. Fiat 500e
  3. Toyota Rav4 EV
  4. Nissan Leaf
  5. Chevy Spark EV
  6. BMW i3

Green Team & Breath California, First 40-foot All-Electric School Bus

Stella solar car, Presented by Solar Team Eindhoven:
  1. First Energy Positive Vehicle in the World
  2. First Solar-Powered Family Car
  3. 420 mile Electric Range
More than 20 types of Plug-in Electric Cars, including:
  1. BMW i3
  2. Fiat 500e
  3. Mitsubishi i-MieV*
  4. Nissan Leaf & eNV200
  5. Tesla Roadster / Model S*
  6. Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV
  1. Talk to plug-in vehicle owners to get the real story about the benefits of plug-ins and solar energy from people who use this technology each day
  2. Learn how to “fuel” your car at home, at work and “on the go” with the latest EV charging equipment
  3. Raffle prizes including home charging stations

This article is a repost, credit: Electric Auto Association of Silicon Valley.