Around the world in an eBus
Modulo shows zero-emmision buses are ready to move passengers in cities around the globe
THE biggest starting fleet of the 80edays around- the- world electric car rally set up a new world record this month.
Eleven teams from China to the U.S. completed the circumnavigation trip, and drove a total of 289 662 km across Europe, North America, and Asia with 100% electric vehicles within 80 days, including the time for cross-continental transportation.
Professor Gunter Pauli, serial entrepreneur and thought leader in environmentalism, who monitored the course of the rally as one of the 80edays stewards to ensure that all rules were upheld, greeted the teams at the finish line in Barcelona on September 4.
The participating electric vehicles were eight Tesla Model S cars and one Tesla Roadster, one Denza and Modulo’s electric bus.
Modulo said in statement it took part in the event to show that electric vehicle technology is good enough for any environment, terrain, and condition in any part of the world.
It is equipped with Valence batteries supplying 255 kWh of energy, providing a maximum range of 575 km due to its lightweight construction.
This compares to China’s BYD ebus, which uses an in-house Fe battery, with a range of 250 km after a full charge. One single battery package capacity for the BYD ebus is 200 Ah and the total power capacity is 324 Kwh with more than 4 000 recharging cycles in a lifespan.
The Modulo battery pack is fast charged by CHAdeMO DC fast chargers along the route. The bus is unique in that it is made in a modular fashion, being able to be built with various lengths off a single design. Valence batteries offer modular solutions as well, being able to to any capacity required.
Meanwhile Tesla Model S demonstrated how far the EV industry has come from its initial days.
Team Switzerland 1, faced with limitations in charging speed capabilities of the Tesla Roadster, compared to their team-mates driving the Tesla Model S, had to overcome a great many challenges to complete the rally in due time.
Due to careful planning and fierce determination, Markus Doessegger and Matthias Aebi won the dramatic race against time, catching up with the rest of the teams in Zurich after a five-day delay for gear replacement and a subsequent 10-days delay at the U.S. customs before its transportation to China.
Tesla Model S of Team Czech Republic had a hanger bolt breakdown in Kazakhstan.
The Model S of Team Switzerland 2 had a minor collision on a highway in China, and the Model S of Team Germaexpand ny 1 had a blackout in Ukraine. Despite these minor incidents, all teams successfully reached the finish line in record time.
To represent their nation, a co-organiser of the 80edays rally, Andrew Zong, the CEO of PHNIX Eco-Energy Solutions, and Team China pilot chose the Denza EV for this trip, the first SinoGerman joint venture brand focusing on new energy vehicles in China.
Although experiencing more tough charging opportunities due to different charging standards in the world, Team China showed determination and proved that our planet is EV friendly to all brands of electric cars.
The video production by 4 China professional camera groups is underway to share with the world the highlights of the 80edays challenge.
The Hungarian-developed Modulo stands still as the first and only electric bus to cross North America.
With improvements in construction and innovation in design, it is safe to say that the electro mobility infrastructure across the world is improving and is now suitable for public transport as well.
The Elduro 2016 rally was a testament to the environmental responsibility that the 80edays project has stood for.
During the rally, 28 symbolic 80edays trees were planted by the participants at different pre-determined locations around the world, aiming to communicate the importance of sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation.
Driving with electric vehicles the teams saved 30 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. In a bid to offset the carbon footprint of two cargo flights, 10 000 trees were planted in Nicaragua as part of the carbon offset project of myclimate, 80edays’ eco-partner.
Rafael de Mestre, Team Spain pilot and initiator of the 80edays around-theworld EV rally, stresses the importance of raising awareness of electric mobility.
That’s exactly the reason why more than 30 events were held on the route: to promote the advantages and the reliability of sustainable transportation over fossil-fuel dependent transport around the world. — WR.
Modulo sent its 100% electric bus on the around-the-world-in-80-days race to show the technology for electric vehicles is already good enough to provide public transport in any part of the world.