As a precursor to the 80 Day Race in an electric vehicle event in 2016 - inspired of course by Jules Verne’s book ‘Around the world in 80 days', the 80 hour race has just been completed.
April 12, 2014 - Rally participants at Supercharger in Oosterhout, NL
And as part of this race, Robert Llewellyn (of Fully Charged fame), placed a bet against Professor Stuart Cole, (Emeritus Professor of Transport, Wales Transport Research Centre at the University of Glamorgan) that Oslo could be reached within 80 hours.
In total there was 5 teams participating, and Mr. Llewellyn won his bet after Frank Manders completed the 2,201 km (1,567 miles) journey from London to Oslo with a Tesla Model S in 78 hours and 14 minutes. Dutch e-mobility promoter NL|Mobility was the second Dutch team to complete the mission.
Says 80DR promoters:
"The start of the race was held in London, following after an event in the prestigious Reform Club. This setting was chosen because it was the starting point of Phileas Fogg, main character in the 1873 Jules Verne novel ‘Around the world in 80 Days’, betting that new means of transportation make it possible to achieve this challenge. At that time, steam powered vehicles were about to replace horses. Today, we are facing another tipping point in history with the first mass market electric vehicles being available to substitute traditional means of transportation."
All 5 vehicle were of course the Tesla Model S, however two of the teams used a 60 kWh version. Of interest the 60 kWh Model S drivers also decided to make it even tougher on themselves by not pre-emptively signing up with all the charge stations that they may have required on the trip.
April 12, 2014 - Rally participants at opening of first multi- fast charging point in Noord-Holland
Steef Korfker, one of the drivers of the 60 kWh Tesla (as well as founder of NL|Mobility) said:
“Managing partner Rob Heijtink and I were the only participants with two 60 kW versions of the Tesla Model S. That means 30% less range than the other teams. On top of that we choose to travel without international passes to activate charging facilities. This way we simulated the challenges EV pioneers facing in Europe. We got our electric “juice” by making friends, endless phone calls, research and unexpected surprises. This experience is of great value to us and our sponsors for this rally: Direct Lease, Terberg Leasing and The New Motion, while it gives us the real story, lots of great contacts and a major to do list. I only crossed four North Sea Region countries, while Rob Heijtink did the whole tour, always way behind the rest of the field due to the self-chosen limitations. Nevertheless, he managed to arrive right on time.”
To learn more about this race, and the 2016 80 day event, check out the group's website here.