e-miglia 2010: Electric armada overcomes the first endurance tests Passes in the Austrian Alps put the vehicles to the test Tesla continues to be in the lead Fuessen/Innsbruck, August 4th, 2010. The e-miglia 2010, the first international ...
e-miglia 2010: Electric armada overcomes the first endurance tests
Passes in the Austrian Alps put the vehicles to the test
Tesla continues to be in the lead
Fuessen/Innsbruck, August 4th, 2010. The e-miglia 2010, the first international electric rally, is making its way across the Alps. The field of 25 participating vehicles was put to the test twice on the second day of the rally, which led the throng from Fuessen to Innsbruck in brilliant sunshine: a few kilometers behind the Fernpass, they had to manage an inclining section of 4.62 kilometers in exactly nine and a half minutes. Here Robert and Marina Haering, in a Tesla with the starting number five, had the fender up front. The father-daughter-team reached the finish-line with only a tenth of a second to spare and secured the daily victory. In the afternoon there were nothing but winners: an extremely steep incline of 6.7 kilometers with various hairpin curves was mastered by all the vehicles without any problems.
"We're totally surprised by our success", Robert Haering admitted at the finish-line at the State Theater in Innsbruck. "We got some advice from a professional yesterday, and that really helped us", the 54-year old, who has converted his company's entire fleet of cars into electric vehicles, said smiling.
Meanwhile, the winner of the first day was able to secure the overall lead: Tim Ruhoff (25) and his co-driver Steven Hoffmann (20) of the team Energiebau in a white Tesla Roadster are still in first place. The runners-up from the first rally day, Patrick Zankl and Professor Gerhard Reichert, were not as successful. As many others, they completed the special stage in the morning too fast and were punished with 7.8 penalty minutes. Because not speed, but constancy and reliability are the key to success at the e-miglia 2010.
Michael Wenzl and Juergen Putzer in their Twike, the only competitive vehicle with a lever grip and bicycle pedals, proved that they had taut calves. They supported the up to 5 kW powerful actuation of their futuristic construction. It wouldn't be possible to move the vehicle with the pedals alone though. "With an empty weight of 300 kg, the Twike is simply too heavy", so Wenzl, who's contesting his rally premiere with the e-miglia 2010. According to Wenzl, the Twike is all about efficiency: "Pedalling and recuperating, so energy recovery while breaking, helps us to keep our batteries in good shape."
The Swiss Marcel Schwager is making his way across the Alps without any support. He's the only motorcyclist in the starting field of the e-miglia. The main problem of the 24-year old is the range his Quantya Strada has. In the mountains it's about 40 km. That's why Schwager always has a spare battery on board. During the ride into the valley with a decline of up to 16 percent, the enthusiastic biker had a real "epiphany": the speedometer climbed to more than 100 km/h and that's higher than it's ever been before.
Richard Schalber, the sportive manager of the e-miglia 2010, is completely satisfied: "All of the vehicles mastered this rather difficult day today with flying colors. We however don't want to overdo challenging the resilience of a new technology. In fact we want to show, how much fun electric mobility is and how impressive the performance of the silent vehicles already is today."
Tomorrow the e-miglia participants will be crossing the second border: during the morning, the route leads via the Brenner to Italy, the destination is Bolzano.