WAVE Update Day 6: June 5, 2014

More school visits were on the cards for today. The WAVE teams split into three to cover them all, meeting up again Schwyz, Switzerland in preparation for the next stage. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Group A headed to Schwyz by visiting a school in Oberägeri, Switzerland on route. Group B made their way there by visiting a school in Steinen, Switzerland and Group C headed straight to Schwyz to visit a school there.

Team 46 CHAdeMO (FRA) can be seen in this photo. The van is driven by Natalia and Jolanta Kozdra. Meeting in Schwyz all the teams were welcomed to the city and given a tour of its picturesque buildings and surroundings. The teams then split up again to visit even more schools. Group A heading to Mittelpunkt-schule, Schwyz, Group B heading to Brunnen and Group C heading to Bürglen. Following this busy morning the WAVE rendezvoused in Andermatt, Switzerland which is ideally situated to allow WAVE teams to either catch the car-carrying train to Ulrichen, Switzerland or to take the Furka Pass.

Team 45 Retro Rolling Rosita (SUI) show how an e-Smart towing a caravan makes for the perfect holiday trip. The e-Smart is driven by Gerold Huber and Alber Künzli.

The pass is sometimes closed due to weather conditions, but today the WAVE teams were able to choose their own route at this point. Depending on personal preference and the team’s car’s abilities different teams chose different options. However those who were able to take the pass were treated to a 30 minute hike at Hotel Belvedere where they were able to see the Rhone Glacier.

The Ferka Pass has an elevation of 2429m and was used as a location in the James Bond film Goldfinger. It gave the teams with the right amount of electrons in their battery and unrivalled view over the mountains and countries surrounding that pass itself.

Joining up again as one big WAVE at the Ulrichen airport, the teams competed in the slalom competition put on by the WAVE organisers.

For this evening the WAVE was broken into two groups. The longer ranged vehicles went to Saas Fee, Switzerland while the cars that didn’t have the range went to Gluringen, Switzerland. Both teams were given official welcomes to their overnight towns followed by a dinner to fill up those growling stomachs after a long day of promoting electric vehicles.

Photos

We’ve been sent some amazing photos, here are some of our favourites from yesterday.

The WAVE participants all pose by the castle on Mainau Island.

The WAVE participants all pose by the castle on Mainau Island.

The WAVE participants watch a Zeplin float through the air!

The WAVE participants watch a Zeplin float through the air!

Everyone takes in the view on the EV ferry!

Everyone takes in the view on the EV ferry!

…and here are some from today!

The german online team and jury take in the Furka pass.

The german online team and jury take in the Furka pass.

Team Electric Blue take on a special stage with wonderful scenery.

Team Electric Blue take on a special stage with wonderful scenery.

Hans Hammerschmid and his Johammer are on top of the world!

Hans Hammerschmid and his Johammer are on top of the world!

This much snow? Only in the alps, proves Christian Klaiber's iMiev and Team ChargeMap's LEAF.

This much snow? Only in the alps, proves Christian Klaiber’s iMiev and Team ChargeMap’s LEAF.

Electric cars love the Swiss Alps.

Electric cars love the Swiss Alps.

Christian Streule and the Volvo C30 electric represent Brusa in the slalom.

Christian Streule and the Volvo C30 electric represent Brusa in the slalom.

It may be an previous-generation electric car, but Ole and Marion Hummel prove their Citroen AX Electrique has what it takes.

It may be an previous-generation electric car, but Ole and Marion Hummel prove their Citroen AX Electrique has what it takes.

We adore this snap of the beautifully converted series Land Rover driven by Juerg and David Peterhans

We adore this snap of the beautifully converted series Land Rover driven by Juerg and David Peterhans

Herbe goes bananas on the alpine pass... Wait... it's Ivo van den Brink in his converted Bug.

Herbe goes bananas on the alpine pass… Wait… it’s Ivo van den Brink in his converted Bug.

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  • Kalle Centergren

    finaly furka pass is open! I’m reserving the leaf 🙂