Around the world in an eBus

Mo­dulo shows zero-em­mi­sion buses are ready to move pas­sen­gers in cities around the globe

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT -

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.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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.

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