[EVDL] Using EVs @ running/bicycling EVents
No, you got it right. It is common sense to not want to have the
athletes inhale exhaust fumes or the particulates that spew from the ice
vehicles used in those EVents.
Today's media likely never gave that a thought. Also, they likely do not
know where to rent/lease EVs for that purpose. But using escort/pace EVs
was not that uncommon in the SF Bay area running/racing EVents back in
EV-History ( ... here we go ...)
Back in the late 1990's it was common place to get calls to local SF, CA
EAA Chapters asking that members attend to be a pace vehicle for that
single purpose, they did not want runners to inhale exhaust fumes.
My S-10 Blazer was the first EV converter Solar Electric in Sebastopol,
CA (now defunct) made. But later another, newer one was made for actor
Robin Williams. That better looking EV became available and a Silicon
Valley EAA Chapter member was our EV man (Will Beckett) on the scene for
many of these EVents.
You can see him and his Blue Blazer taking a break with EV signage and
handouts ready for the public to learn about EVs
at one of the Almaden Triathlon runs/races
Just about all of us EV drivers carried handouts so anywhere we were we
could do some free EV advertising to raise public EV awareness.
The details of my S-10 Blazer's sister EV can be seen at
Later, Will sold that Blazer EV to a new owner to buy a Solectria Force
EV. Today Will is a member of the Central Coast EAA Chapter
and drives a Leaf EV.
I and the other EAA Chapter EV drivers took turns being on display in
the parking lot at these EVents, like the San Jose Mercury News 10k run
It was Will that actually drove in front of the runners carrying the
media and their camera crew as an active part of the EVent. It was
really good PR for the EV-cause. If any EVangel wants to know the ins
and outs of being the Electric at these types of running EVents, he's
the one to confer with (send email using
[quote] Willie McKemie wrote:
> Watching some olympic bicycle racing, I am struck by the apparent use
> of petroleum fueled chase and lead vehicles. It seems to me that
> bicycles and bicycle racing are a celebration of non-petroleum fueled
> transportation. Anyone know why EVs are not used? Or do I misperceive
> the situation?
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