The Tour de Sol Reports, 2008
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Unless otherwise noted, these all photos were taken by and Copyright 2008 to Mike Bianchi.

Tour de Sol 2008 Photos

This is the main page for collections of photographs from the 2008 Tour de Sol.

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21CAC Entrants

The 21st Century Automotive Competition

The Burlington County Electechs

Methacton Electric Car Club

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West Philly Hybrid X

St. Mark's School
Moritz - BioFuel Vehicle

St. Mark's School
"Woodstock" - Electric Vehicle

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Allan Arrison's "Voltswagon"

This Voltswagon pickup truck was at last year's 21CAC, but then it was all white and had a different controller. It is still one of, if not the, cleanest conversions I have ever seen.

The car is Allan's 20-miles-per-day go-to-work car. "It will go 40 to 50 miles with room to spare."

The 16 6-Volt batteries in the bed of the pickup. There is a Zivan charger at home and a Rusco charger for opportunity charging on the road.

A pair of Volt and Ampere meters on the dash are the only evidence of the electric nature of the car.

The green box in the lower right of this picture is the new Zilla controller. It is water cooled by the small black radiator with the two white tubes connected to the bottom. You can see the pump in one of the tubes.

This shot of the Advanced DC motor, Zilla controller, and "Hairball" controller interface. The Hairball, the brains of the controller, is separate and communicates with the the Zilla with a RJ-45 cable (green strapped to the bracing bar). This means all the low-voltage and low-current cabling can be kept separate from the high-voltage and high-current cables.

It is just another example of how clean this conversion is. You can practically read the schematic off the wiring.

Allan and "Voltswagon".

There is a plastic "window" that lets you see the components without having to lift the hood.

"I want to make it a public relations platform to show what can be done with electric cars." Someday Allan plans to have a button on the car that, when pressed, will play an explanation and light the various components under the hood and in the battery box. "The car will speak for itself."

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Jerry Asher on his 50 state Plug-In Hybrid Tour

Jerry Asher, a member and officer of the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, DC, stopped at the 21CAC as part of his plan to visit the capitals of all 50 states in his plug-in hybrid Prius.

His web site is , "Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around America".

Jerry's car was one of two plug-in hybrids that competed in the Drive to the River event on Saturday.

The black circular cover on the bumper protects the 120 Vac plug used for recharging the long-range battery pack from the weather. Except for that, and the signage, you would never know!

More signage.

The battery pack used for extended range sits in the space usually occupied by the Prius' tool tray.

The range pack can be lifted with the assistance of a pair of gas lift cylinders.

In one of the plug-in Prius prototypes I saw the pack occupied the spare tire well. This one does not.

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21st CAC Alternative Fuel Vehicles Event Scores

The link below takes you to a PDF file containing the scores for all the events except the Tour to the Shore for hybrids and biodiesel cars and the Drive to the River for the plug-in hybrids.

This year, all four entrants were plug-in battery electric vehicles, except in the Autocross event.

The six spreadsheet pages are:

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More photos of Alan and his electric VW

In the Event Results, this car was referred to as "007".

EEVC member Alan Arrison and his VW pickup on display at the Burlington County, New Jersey, "Earth Fair" in Smithville Park.

Alan won the Best Electric Vehicle Award

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NESEA Spirit of the American Tour de Sol 20th Anniversary Award

Three teams won the 2008 21st Century Automotive Challenge premier award called the NESEA Spirit of the American Tour de Sol 20th Anniversary Award.  The award was based upon outstanding performance in past Tour de Sol events, outstanding performance in the present 2008 event, and evidence of a strong sustainable program for the future. 

Accepting their awards are the representatives from all three schools.  In addition to West Philly, Methacton High School from Norristown, PA was chosen to represent the suburban public school systems, and St Mark's School from Southborough, Massachusetts was chosen to represent the private parochial school systems.

This is the plaque awarded to West Philadelphia High School representing the urban public school systems.