WAVE 2014 Update: Friday 30 May

Teams from all over Europe are now making their way to one of the designated start points for the WAVE 2014. Tomorrow we all meet up in Stuttgart and for the first time all participants of the WAVE will be in one location. It is here we will be trying to break the record for the number of electrically powered cars in one location.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

This year the WAVE has been split up into several mini-WAVEs. This allows those who have longer ranged cars to take longer, more winding paths from one location to the next while those in shorter ranged cars go a different way. The organisers have even taken into account that some people will be on ebikes and the link that have an even shorter range.

These three mini-WAVEs have been called: Exclusive WAVE, Popular WAVE and Light & e-bike WAVE.

Here we see two Vectrix bikes getting a top up of juice.

Here we see two Vectrix bikes getting a top up of juice.

In the photo above we see teams 73 and 74 (La Souris Verte) from France. Yann Lelong and Gilles Puyol are both driving Vectrix bikes for the Wave and are proudly displaying their French flag!

At lunchtime in Market Square, Ulm, the local Mayor welcomed the teams of the WAVE to his beautiful city and wished us on our way for the rest of the journey.

Everything ‘officially’ kicks off tomorrow in Stuttgart with the teams arriving early in the morning ready for the parade.

Team 54's (Seilbahn Koblenz) gets some juice while Wolfram Auer and Günter Troy have a look around the other cars.

Team 54’s (Seilbahn Koblenz) gets some juice while team members Wolfram Auer and Günter Troy have a look around the other cars.

Unfortunately team Transport Evolved won’t be able to join everyone on site. Despite our best efforts, and those of various helpful people on line, when we got onto the mainland we were faced with a charging station were planning on using not being operational (even though we checked in advance). No big deal, we thought, we have two backups. However one wasn’t even installed yet (but on the charging databases) and one no longer existed.

Faced with the choice of being trailered across Europe by a gas-guzzling breakdown truck or covering the event from the UK, we decided the latter. We couldn’t be the team to give the WAVE a massive carbon footprint. That just wouldn’t be right.

We’ll still be following the WAVE closely from the UK and will be with everyone in spirit. We even plan to do the WAVE at Transport Evolved‘s offices for you all!

The Transport Evolved Editorial Team


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  • MEroller

    It is SOOO sad that Nikki and her co-pilot got electrically mired on the mainland 🙁 Not even a 32A-three-phase option around? I will be there tomorrow, and thoroughly hope my 1h intermediate charge at the WAVE “powerhouse” will give me some slack for the parade and particularly for the way back home, as my bike also has such an ageing battery…

    • Mark Chatterley

      The car was a 2011 LEAF, so even with a 32A three-phase connection they would have only been able to charge at 3.3kW.

      • MEroller

        Thanks Mark, I had a hunch there was some caveat there

    • I agree it is a real shame they didn’t make it to Stuttgart. As time goes on it becomes more and more apparent why Musk is building and managing his own rapid charging network. Billions of dollars in EV development and investment should not be risked on 3rd party startups with dubious business models. In a few years we may see the likes of BMW and Nissan/Renault buying licenses to use the Supercharger technology.

      • Mark Chatterley

        I agree. Especially in Europe where they are using a modified version of the Type 2 connector for up to 135kW DC charging. It would be madness for them not to lease the technology. It could easily become _the_standard.

  • de25mist

    What a cop out. Call yourselves advocates? You tried to fail and you did. Big whop. If I were anyone I would ban you from taking part anywayl Go back to your V8…

    • MEroller

      How come anonymus guests are allowed to post such detrimental comments here???!

      • Mark Chatterley

        We’d rather have an open policy and let anyone comment. Sometimes things like that happen. nnnAnd I’ve never driven a V8 – but I doubt it would compare to an electric motor for fun.

  • MEroller

    So, a new world record for the longest EV-traffic jam (which it was most of the time, in good, traditional Stuttgart fassion 🙂 has been set, 493 fully electric vehicles where counted, including the odd hydrogen fuel cell car and even one such bus. nMe having been number 281 means I was pretty much in the center of that electric traffic jam…nAnd at due distance another 60 or so hybrid vehicles followed.nnAn EV’ers heaven, with all conceivable forms of electric vehicles, apart from I think disabilty scooters 🙂 The two Vectri were there, both pulling small trailers, almost a dozen Segways, some 5 scooters, 2 of which also particpate in the WAVE, with an extra battery pack up front, several Zeros of all kinds, several Brammo Enertias and even one of the first Brammo Empulse R here in Germany! Plus a few self-built projects, the most impressive being a low rider (Harley style) completely hand-built by a gent form Montreux/Switzerland and only completed two months ago after some two years of build time.nnnnYes, it is really sad Nikki couldn’t make it 🙁