Thursday, July 4, 2013

Ride the Future Aims to Set 3 Guinness World Records for Electric Vehicles With Coast-to-Coast 3,000-Mile Trip This Summer

Ride the Future Route
On July 4, the Ride the Future Tour (RTFT), a cross-country electric vehicle parade, will start its journey in Charleston, South Carolina. On August 16, RTFT will complete its 3,000-mile tour by arriving at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.
The 3,000-mile electric parade will feature the Nissan LEAF, a Zero Motorcycle, several A2B e-bikes and a Xenon scooter.
The Zenon scooter (top speed of 30 mph) will be driven by RTFT founder Susan Jones.
Jones and the rest of those who partake in the tour (supposedly a core group of 12 individuals) aim to set either 3 or 6 (it’s unclear what the target is due to conflicting info on the RTFT website) Guinness World Records. The records to likely be shattered include longest journey by an electric car, longest journey by an electric scooter and longest journey on an electric motorcycle.
To complete the epic 3,000-mile tour, the team will drive only four hours a day. It’ll take 44 charges to get there and the crew will make stops at several locations for overnight lodging.
If completed, at least 3 world records will go in the books, but it’s not about that, says Jones. It’s about showing the world that zero-emission vehicles are capable of doing anything.